The EU Withdrawal Bill – top 5 things you should know
On the 26th October the Repeal Bill Alliance, in partnership
with WCVA, hosted a roundtable to discuss the EU (Withdrawal) Bill
and the potential scope and implications for the third sector in
Wales. Lots was discussed and Jane Thomas, Repeal Bill Alliance
Co-ordinator, put together the top 5 things Welsh organisations
should know about the Bill.
1. Action on amending the bill is urgent - whether your
organisation is big or small, and no matter what sector you work
in, from higher education through to womens' rights, if the bill
goes through unamended it will affect you, your members, or service
users, in some way.
2. For people in Wales the bill, as currently drafted, places a
new and significant constraint on the devolution settlement,
undermining hard fought for rights and responsibilities and
shifts power firmly back to Westminster.
3. It is a complex bill and the swirl of politics around it is
not helping to make anything any more understandable. What
organisations and individuals need is an understandable and
accessible guide to the bill - and some sort of route map of
4. Lobbying has been effective but the pace of political
developments means it is hard to keep up for nearly
everyone. Timing is everything, knowledge is power - the
more we can use our networks to keep people informed and
engaged the better.
5. BUT, it's not too late to act - and if civil society
comes together we can make our voices heard. That's what the
Alliance is here to do - provide information, networks and
resources. Step number one: sign up to the Alliance's mailing list for
regular E:Bulletins on the bill, and resources for your
organisation (a campaign toolkit is coming soon!)
the briefing - Repeal Bill in Wales.