Brexit: ‘Henry VIII eats Parliament’ stunt to highlight concern over loss of rights

11 December 2017

Liberty and Amnesty International are staging a ‘Henry VIII eats Parliament’ stunt in Westminster on Monday to highlight human rights campaigners’ concerns with how the Government is treating people’s rights in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

The stunt will see a fully-costumed Henry VIII impersonator being served and partially consuming a giant Houses of Parliament cake.

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Victory is in sight in the battle to protect our rights after Brexit

Our analysis of the Government's near-defeat on rights at last night's debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

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Post-Brexit Trade Bill risks “handing our rights and our sovereignty to the highest international bidder” – Liberty and the Public Law Project

09 November 2017

Liberty and the Public Law Project have warned that the Government’s Trade Bill, which was quietly published on Tuesday, would allow ministers to unilaterally rewrite laws like the Equality Act and the Modern Slavery Act at the request of a foreign power.

The plans are the latest attempt by ministers to undermine democracy and bypass parliamentary scrutiny of the Brexit process, after the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and Data Protection Bill contained similar “Henry VIII” powers.

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After the Repeal Bill vote: the race is on to protect our rights after Brexit

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Repeal Bill – a piece of legislation that, in its current form, gives a handful of ministers unprecedented powers to rewrite our laws with no proper scrutiny from Parliament – stumbled over its first parliamentary hurdle.

Officially titled the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, it would let ministers quietly chip away at the many vital rights and equality protections we’ve gained through our EU membership.

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"The tide is clearly turning in the right direction” - Liberty responds to Government plans to fund abortions in England for women from Northern Ireland

29 June 2017

The Government has announced it will fund abortions in England for women arriving from Northern Ireland after Stella Creasy MP tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech on the issue.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This incredible victory shows what Parliament can do. By working across parties, MPs can force the Government to do the right thing.

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"What kind of sovereignty is that?" - Liberty responds to the Queen's Speech

21 June 2017

Today's Queen's speech outlined the Government's plans for Brexit and countering terrorism.

On the Brexit plans, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “The people voted to leave the European Union, not to tear up their rights and freedoms. The Government must include a definitive clause in the Repeal Bill to guarantee that there will be no backsliding on rights.

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Liberty rectifies “glaring omission” from Parliament exhibition with Human Rights Act banner

10 December 2015

Liberty campaigners today unveiled an 11-foot banner celebrating the Human Rights Act in Westminster Hall, in protest against the Act’s omission from a parliamentary exhibition commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

Shadow minister for human rights Andy Slaughter MP joined the protesters to mark Human Rights Day by unfurling the specially-created banner.

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Prisoner voting and the Rule of Law

Today Justice Secretary Chris Grayling presented draft legislation on prisoner voting to the House of Commons. The long-running debate in Parliament rumbles on concerning a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the UK’s existing blanket ban is unlawful. The deadline for complying with the judgment passes tomorrow.

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Back to school...

This week marked the return of Parliament and the Prime Minister's Cabinet shuffle, aimed at ending all "dithering". This is particularly pertinent when you consider some of the plans the Government are attempting to push through.

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Section 44 - 12 years on

During the last decade or so the UK has been the stage for a legislation extravaganza in the name of counter-terrorism and national security. Such laws, often hastily passed and draconian in nature, have been the source of much debate. Twelve years ago today Parliament passed the first in this controversial series of statutes – the Terrorism Act 2000.

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