The Trade Bill: Constitutional implications and recommendations

July 2018

A broad range of civil society organisations are deeply concerned that, as it stands, the Trade Bill gives the executive vast powers over trade policy. 

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Trade Bill: Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade’s statement fails to give MPs a ‘meaningful say’ over post-Brexit trade

July 2018

Liam Fox MP, the Secretary of State for International Trade, made a statement to the house on Monday 16 July, on a transparent and inclusive future trade policy. The fact that he made such a statement is welcome and overdue, however his proposals largely leave the status quo unchanged. Powers currently being held by European institutions will be returned to the UK after leaving, but rather than transferring them to Parliament they are being retained by the executive, creating a democratic deficit.

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Briefing: UK-Israel trade

July 2018

The UK Government has identified Israel as a priority trading partner with which it will negotiate a bilateral trade agreement post-Brexit, replicating its current trade arrangement under the EU-Israel Association Agreement. The UK Foreign Office has expressed concern year on year over Israel’s violations of international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention. These serial violations raise serious questions about the legality of current trade with Israel, especially the arms trade, and must not be left out of discussions on trade moving forward.

 

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Briefing: Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

June 2018

The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip is worsening daily, with over one million Palestinians living in devastating poverty and some of the highest unemployment rates in the world. This poverty is in large part due to the illegal blockade on the Gaza Strip imposed by Israel. The UK must take action to hold Israel to account for its violations of international law, including its illegal blockade and military attacks on civilians. 

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Briefing: UK weapons and Israel’s use of force in the Gaza Strip

May 2018

The UK Government has approved export licences for weapons to Israel used in militarised repression against Palestinians. This means that the UK is providing material support for Israel’s illegal use of force.

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Trade Democracy in Wales EN

May 2018

How post‐Brexit trade deals could undermine Wales’ food, health service and devolved powers, and how to make sure they don’t. English language version.

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Democratiaeth Masnach Yng Nghymru

May 2018

Sut y gallai cytundebau masnach ôl‐Brexit danseilio bwyd, gwasanaeth iechyd a phwerau datganoledig Cymru, a sut i wneud yn siŵr nad ydynt yn gwneud hynny.

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Video: the Palestinian right of return

May 2018

This short video explains what we mean when we talk about the Palestinian right of return.

War on Want's annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017

April 2018

War on Want's annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017 

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Up Front: Why we won't be silenced

April 2018

In this edition of Up Front, read about how in the face of threats and bans, we won’t be silenced in the fight for global justice. We also focus on our food sovereignty work in North Africa and West Asia, introduce you to some of the powerful women we work with resisting oppression, and update you on our impactful trade democracy campaign. Read too some highlights from the past few months, including Israeli Apartheid Week and how our partner in Papua New Guinea is fighting for land rights.

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Parliament fails to win democratic oversight on trade

17 July 2018 - 4:00pm

Responding to votes on scrutiny of trade agreements in the Trade Bill, senior trade campaigner at War on Want Jean Blaylock, says: “Democratic oversight of trade is not rocket science. MEPs in the European Parliament and members of Congress get an automatic vote on trade deals. Why shouldn’t MPs?

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Fox concessions fail to give MPs a ‘meaningful say’ over post-Brexit trade

17 July 2018 - 12:45pm

"Today’s concessions by Liam Fox fall well short of taking back control."

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