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Back the People's Clause

Tell MPs to put a binding promise in the Repeal Bill so our rights don’t go anywhere after Brexit
Tell your MP to back the People's Clause

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.

“Every MP owes it to the people they represent to back the People’s Clause and stand up for rights that so many of us have fought long and hard for.”
John Walker

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.

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 aren’t good enough when the stakes are this high. The Prime Minister telling us to ‘trust her’ doesn’t 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.

Ask your MP to back the People's Clause today

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What's at stake

Whether you voted leave or remain, you definitely didn’t vote to leave your fundamental rights at the EU exit door.

But if our MPs let the Repeal Bill pass in its current form, that’s 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.

It couldn’t be simpler. Ministers keep promising they’ll protect our rights as we leave the EU.

So why not put that in black and white in their new law?

We’re calling on MPs to amend the Repeal Bill to add a binding commitment on the Government to safeguard our rights.

MPs are debating the Repeal Bill now. Will yours protect our rights and back the People’s Clause? Use the forms above to email or tweet your MP today.

John Walker – and why we need proper protection in the Repeal Bill

John Walker speaks to journalists outside the Supreme Court 12/7/17
John Walker outside the Supreme Court.

The experience of Liberty client John Walker shows why we can’t always trust the Government to protect our rights.

John won a landmark victory in the Supreme Court in July, finally ending pension inequality for LGBT couples in the UK.

But the ruling was made under parts of EU law preventing discrimination – which aren’t protected in the Repeal Bill.

That means there’s a risk this right to equality will be lost after Brexit – a massive backward step that would make same-sex couples second-class citizens again.

The Government fought John all the way to the highest court in the UK. Since his victory they have refused to promise this right to equal pensions – or any other similar rights – will apply after Brexit.

John says: “We can’t simply trust ministers to do the right thing when it comes to our rights, because sometimes – as my case shows – they just don’t.

“Every MP owes it to the people they represent to back the People’s Clause and stand up for rights that so many of us have fought long and hard for.”

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