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Write to your MP ahead of Parliament's debate on amendments to the Article 50 Bill on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th February.
Dear ______ MP,
I'm writing as your constituent to ask you to stand against the rolling back of women's rights in next week's article 50 debate. In a week in which we’ve seen a Trump administration take executive action to roll back fundamental rights, it’s more important than ever to ensure we are protected against a bonfire of rights at home. Women have had to rely on the EU regulatory framework and the European Court of Justice to safeguard equal rights at work. Hard Brexit could mean the rolling back of those hard-won rights unless urgent action is taken to ensure responsibility remains in the hands of our Parliament to lead the way towards a more equal Britain.
I urge you to support the amendment tabled by Caroline Lucas MP with the Women's Equality Party, which seeks protections for women’s employment rights and ensures Parliament’s future sovereignty over equality legislation currently enacted through regulatory framework that falls outside its influence. The amendment has already received broad cross-party support by MPs from Labour, the SNP, Liberal Democrats, the SDLP and Plaid Cymru. I'm asking you to add your voice and to stand up for women's rights.
Below is the full text of the amendment:
Clause 1, page 1, line 5, at end insert:
(3) Once a notification under this Section has been issued –
(a) Her Majesty’s Government may not amend or weaken employment or equality protections on the grounds of gender, pregnancy or maternity, race, disability, age, religion or sexual orientation currently guaranteed by the UK’s membership of the European Union without approval by a vote in each House of Parliament; and
(b) Any amendment or repeal of UK primary or secondary legislation on employment or equality protection derived from EU law shall be subject to the same level of legislative scrutiny as for primary legislation.
Member’s Explanatory Statement: This procedural amendment would ensure that the UK government could not unilaterally amend or remove EU-derived employment or gender equality legislation once negotiations with the EU have begun on UK withdrawal; and that once the UK has withdrawn from the EU, changes to employment or gender equality legislation would be subject to full Parliamentary scrutiny, with Parliament replacing the EU as the relevant legislature.
I hope you'll agree that the last month has shown it's now more important than ever to stand against the rolling back of fundamental rights. I look forward to hearing from you.