In its current form the EU Withdrawal Bill is failing to protect fundamental rights
The Conservatives are failing to protect our fundamental rights in the EU Withdrawal Bill as it currently stands. The bill removes the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights despite the government’s supposed commitment to preserving rights currently enshrined under EU law.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, the Fawcett Society, National Aids Trust and Liberty have all warned that the bill will ‘not protect people’s rights in the UK as the government promised’.
Though the majority of the rights set out in the charter already exist in UK law, this is not the case with all of the rights and those that do appear in UK law can be easily overridden if they conflict with other legislation.
The Conservatives have spun themselves as supporting retaining our rights in full yet it is becoming increasingly clear that this isn’t the case. The government are adamant that the Charter of Fundamental Rights is to be scrapped, while the cabinet are weighing up scrapping the Working Time Directive which is a key protection for workers but has been criticised by the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Foreign Secretary.