Letter: Ask our MP to back 'A People's Clause'

Date published: 11 September 2017

Dear Editor,

The Repeal Bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation in a generation.

It lays out how this Government will embark on the huge and complex task of rewriting our laws after we leave the European Union.

It will affect every one of us – our friends, our families, our children – for generations to come. Our MPs owe it to us to get it right.

We deserve to know for sure that the rights we’ve gained from EU membership aren’t going anywhere.

We need a formal commitment – a People’s Clause – in the text of the Repeal Bill, meaning ministers have to protect every one of our rights in UK law after Brexit.

That means laws stopping government discrimination. Protections for workers, LGBT, disabled and older people. Rights that make all of our lives better, every day.

Soundbites and speeches are not good enough when the stakes are this high. The Prime Minister telling us to ‘trust her’ does not cut it.

Liberty and others are writing an amendment to the Repeal Bill – a People's Clause – to stop a rollback on our rights as we leave the EU.

Whether you voted leave or remain, you definitely did not vote to leave your fundamental rights at the EU exit door.

If our MPs let the Repeal Bill pass in its current form, that is what could happen.

It gives a handful of ministers unbelievably broad powers to change our laws with no real scrutiny from parliament – and contains nothing to stop them quietly stripping away rights protections. And when you cut out parliament, you cut out the people.

The threat is clear and urgent. We need our MPs to do their jobs and stick up for those they represent.

We need them to back the People’s Clause you can ask our MP to do just that and find out more about the campaign at:

Thank you.


Andrew Wastling

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