Statement on EU Withdrawal Bill

Rushanara Ali, Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow voted against the Second Reading of the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Commons. The bill also known as the Repeal Bill will overturn the 1972 European Communities Act which took the UK into the then European Economic Community.

Rushanara said:

"Ever since the 2016 referendum on our membership of the European Union, this Government has attempted to side line Parliament.  This Government again and again has fought off efforts to give Parliament a meaningful role in the Brexit process, a fight epitomized when the Government was taken to court over the triggering of article 50.

I voted against this bill because it is not fit for purpose. It proposes giving Minister’s far too much power and will not give Parliament the crucial opportunity to scrutinize any changes to our laws, which inevitably have to take place as we undergo this momentous legal transition of transferring EU law into UK law.

This bill also endangers the most basic rights and protections people currently possess and leaves their continued existence to merely a promise by the Government: worker’s rights, anti-discrimination laws and environmental safeguards will be put at risk should this piece of legislation pass."