Queen's Speech 2017: This is what she should say

21 June 2017 - 9:45am
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Today, the Queen’s Speech will focus on the imminent challenges of Brexit. War on Want believes that it is vital that the government retains elements of EU law that fundamentally contribute to fighting poverty and inequality, and guarantee human rights for all.

You can read our full Briefing Paper here or the summary below.

 

As the government sets out its priorities, here are our concerns:

·       The government should invest in the wellbeing and future of the country’s people, not continue to impose a dangerous and failed austerity programme that hurts those most vulnerable and in poverty.

·       That especially in the context of Brexit negotiations, the government must maintain and strengthen regulations to protect our economy, lives and livelihoods.

·       The government must not roll back on its various national and international commitments and work to to strengthen efforts to fight against global poverty.

·       Whether subject to EU trade deals or pursuing UK trade deals, we must ensure that trade empowers countries in the global South to adopt their own policies to build economies that work for people and for the planet in line with international commitments.

·       Climate change - extreme droughts, floods and forced displacement - are devastating the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable in the global South and worsening existing inequalities. The UK must not turn its back on its responsibility to act.

War on Want recommendations:

 

1)    Ensure the highest standards of democracy and transparency: There must be total transparency, scrutiny and accountability around the Great Repeal Bill and Brexit negotiations.

2)    Ensure that there is no regression in our commitment to full and immediate realisation of human rights: While we welcome the confirmation that there are no plans to pull the UK out of the European Convention on Human Rights, we remain concerned that the Great Repeal Bill could be used as a backdoor to remove hard-won human rights laws.

3)    The protection of workers’ rights, including migrant workers’ rights: With our long tradition of working on labour rights, we believe it is of fundamental importance that we address what we believe is a deteriorating workers’ rights situation, affecting UK citizens and migrant workers alike.

4)    A progressive trade agenda – for the UK and the rest of the world: Whether under EU or UK trade deals, trade must not enable the deregulation of social, health and environmental standards, the locked-in privatisation of public services, or sacrifice equality before the law.

5)    Ensure that we can retain our public services: Regardless of what settlement that we reach with the EU, it is of critical importance that the UK does not enter into any agreement which may prevent or inhibit the ability to maintain and bring services back under public control.

6)    Ensure policies that frame Britain’s role in the world prioritise human rights and address the root causes of poverty and inequality: We must not allow new policies to undermine our global human rights or environmental obligations

For more detail read our Briefing Paper here

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