Act Now: Save our Standards

Right now the government is trying to pass legislation that would allow them to scrap over 3,800 laws carried over from when we were in the EU, practically overnight. The Retained EU Law Bill is the first step in dismantling regulations and standards protecting our environment, food quality and workers’ rights.

We need to call on MPs to speak out against this legislation. Write to your MP today.

European Movement UK demands the government drop the Retained EU Law Bill and instead focus on protecting our rights. Our specific demands are for the government to:

• Provide a legally binding guarantee that they won’t slash our standards or drop EU laws which positively builds on our established regulations and standards;

• Commit to retaining or improving key legislation on wildlife protection, animal welfare, employment rights, environmental protections, food standards;

• The government must engage openly and transparently with third-sector organisations that are raising concerns about the implications of divergence in these areas, and;

• Remove clauses that allow Ministers to change the law without adequate democratic and parliamentary scrutiny.

By writing to your MP we are asking them to support our campaign and raise our demands with the government.

The Leave campaign leaders have broken every one of their promises.

This Bill – and a series of other measures set to follow – give government ministers free rein to demolish vital legal protections with no democratic oversight.

The Bill will – under a so-called ‘sunset clause’ - abolish all EU laws and standards still applicable in the UK unless Ministers intervene before 2023 to maintain or reform them. That means crippling uncertainties for businesses, workers and consumers, causing chaos in the courts.

Passing this Bill will lower UK goods and employment standards to well below EU levels and destroy our ability to trade with the EU, breaking the terms of the Brexit agreement and risking a trade war.

This Government does not have the mandate to put British people’s rights, health, and safety at risk.

EU regulations are not perfect but are not ‘red tape’ either. They improve the quality of our everyday lives by protecting our rights as workers and consumers, our environment and wildlife and the quality of the food we eat.

These EU laws were created with the support of governments of all political parties when the UK was in the EU.

EU laws – that the Government now wants to dismantle – protect us in the workplace. They guarantee our paid holidays, reduce the gender pay gap and protect the rights of people on maternity and paternity leave. They limit the number of hours we are required to work and defend our rights if we face redundancy.

Under the Government’s proposals, laws that protect our environment by helping tackle climate change, maintain biodiversity and keep air, water and beaches clean are all at risk.

The EU has also halted the decline of animal populations like otters, dormice, and dolphins. They have established 286 conservation and protected areas across the UK, so our wildlife can thrive and have ended animal testing for cosmetics.

The safety and quality of our food and hard-won progress on animal welfare are all under threat. If the Government is successful, laws which prevent the sale of American-style chlorinated chicken, prohibit growth hormone-injected meat and protect farming and agriculture will all be at risk.

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