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Cross sector letter on REUL calling on the government to withdraw the bill

Greener UK alongside representatives of of trade unions, employers, lawyers, environmental and animal welfare groups and civil society wrote to MPs expressing concerns over the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill and urging for its withdrawal.

The letter, covered in the i, said:

As representatives of trade unions, employers, lawyers, environmental and animal welfare groups and civil society, we are writing to express our serious concerns about the Retained EU Law Bill which returns tomorrow for Report Stage.

The bill’s objective to review, reform or scrap around 4,000 laws by the end of this year, with very limited parliamentary scrutiny or public consultation, is reckless law making that will undermine certainty for business, working people, the environment and public health.

These are diverse and vital protections ranging from paid holiday leave, to basic welfare conditions for the live transportation of animals, to controls on the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides, and safeguards for important wildlife and air quality. Requiring the UK’s governments and parliaments to rush through this process increases the risk of poor or detrimental law entering the statute book.

Yet simply extending the deadline in the bill will not address its wider flaws. The legislation enables ministers to make changes to rules behind closed doors with only very limited parliamentary scrutiny. The government should instead focus on legislation that needs improving through a sensible and consultative process fully involving Parliament and affected groups.

The bill as it stands is a costly distraction and should be withdrawn.

 

Greener UK

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Angling Trust

Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)

A Rocha

Asthma + Lung UK

Bat Conservation Trust

Born Free

British Safety Council

Buglife

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Butterfly Conservation

Campaign for National Parks

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Chartered Trading Standards Institute

CHEM Trust

Civil Society Alliance

Clean Air Fund

ClientEarth

Cruelty Free International

Cycling UK

Equally Ours

Focus on Labour Exploitation

Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Global Action Plan

Greenpeace

Hope for Justice

Humane Society International UK

Institute of Directors

Institute of Fisheries Management

Keep Britain Tidy

Mammal Society

Marine Conservation Society

National Trust

Northern Ireland Environment Link

Open Spaces Society

People’s Trust for Endangered Species

Plantlife

Rewilding Britain

River Action

RSPCA

Scottish Environment Link

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming

The Human Rights Consortium

The Pesticide Collaboration

The Ramblers

The Rivers Trust

The RSPB

The TUC

The Wildlife Trusts

Transport & Environment UK

Unchecked

UNISON

Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Wales Environment Link

Waterwise

Whale & Dolphin Conservation

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Wildlife and Countryside Link

Woodland Meadow Trust

Woodland Trust