Fawcett Amendment to the Article 50 Bill

Working with Harriet Harman and a cross-party coalition of MPs, Fawcett is backing an amendment to the Article 50 Bill calling for the Government to protect women’s rights during and after Brexit. The full text of the Article 50 amendment is:

Equality and women’s rights

Before issuing any notification under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union the Prime Minister shall give an undertaking to have regard to the public interest during negotiations for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union in—

(a) maintaining employment rights and protections derived from EU legislation,

(b) ensuring that EU co-operation to end violence against women and girls, to tackle female genital mutilation and to end human trafficking will continue unaffected,

(c) the desirability of continuing to recognise restraining orders placed on abusive partners in EU Member States in the UK and restraining orders placed on abusive partners in the UK across the EU, and

(d) establishing a cross-departmental working group to assess and make recommendations for developing legislation on equality and access to justice.”

The point-by-point briefing on this Amendment by Fawcett, with help from Women’s Aid, can be found here.

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