Legislative Scrutiny: The EU (Withdrawal) Bill: A Right by Right Analysis Contents


1.The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 30 and 31 January. Since its introduction, as a result of pressure from Committees and from Commons debates on the Bill, the Government has gradually released more information relating to matters which will be affected by this legislation, such as employment rights.1

2.The Committee is particularly concerned with the human rights implications of excluding the Charter of Fundamental Rights from retained EU law. Since the Committee was reconstituted, we have pressed the Government for the publication of its Memorandum on the European Convention on Human Rights and sought some further clarification regarding the human rights implications of the Bill. Correspondence relating to this matter can be found on the Committee’s webpages.2 On 5 December 2017 the Government published its ‘Right by Right’ analysis of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.3 A commentary on this, which demonstrates the complexity of the post-exit human rights landscape, has been produced for the Committee. We consider this document would assist further debate on the Bill, and we are publishing it as an Appendix to this Report.

3 Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU Right by Right Analysis, 5 December 2017

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