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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-25-11

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Over 30 groups raise concern about human rights protection in the EU Withdrawal Bill

31 groups have submitted evidence to the Joint Committee of Human Rights outlining their shared concerns about the protection of human rights in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Groups, including:- Human Rights Watch, Liberty, National Union of Students, Women's Aid (England), Disability Wales and Children in Scotland, submitted the evidence ahead of the next House of Commons Committee stage day, on the Withdrawal Bill, that took place on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. A key item for discussion was the amendments on the Charter of Fundamental Rights.  Coordinated by the British Institute of Human Rights, the evidence submission states that the Withdrawal Bill, as it stands, will mean a loss of rights and accountability for people in the UK, notably:- ​

 People's fundamental human rights and equality protections, despite the Government's stated intention for the Withdrawal Bill to maintain the status quo, a number of rights have either been explicitly excluded or it is not clear how minimum standards of protection will be ensured; and
Parliamentary scrutiny... the Bill's provisions for amending transposed EU law vest significant power in ministers rather than parliament, with its associated processes for scrutiny and consideration of the views of civil society.

It concludes that:- "Ultimately, exiting the EU should not lead to less protection of people's rights; the standards of protection should be equivalent to the current position, and where possible the opportunity to provide additional (not different) rights protections should be taken."

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