Jackie Longworth, Chair Fair Play South West says:

"Avoiding leaving the EU on March 29th would definitely require legislation.

The Withdrawal Act is quite specific and would need amending or repealing, whether the aim is to revoke the Article 50 notification or merely seek to extend the date. Incidentally, the former we could do unilaterally but the latter would require the agreement of all 27 other Member States, which may be a tall order in the time available. It seems to me that such a Bill would need to be passed by both Houses of Parliament and receive Royal Assent before contact could be made with the EU on the subject, and before agreeing to any new referendum if that’s what they want to do? So Parliament would have had to make a decision of some sort before going back to the people for advice whether by referendum or Corbyn’s preferred option of a General Election.

In its report on sexual harassment in the workplace, the EHRC recommends, amongst other things,

"The UK Government should:

• Introduce a mandatory duty on employers to take reasonable steps to protect workers from harassment and victimisation in the workplace.

• Breach of the mandatory duty should constitute an unlawful act for the purposes of the Equality Act 2006, which would be enforceable by the Commission."

Fair Play SW has not taken a formal view on Brexit or the mess the Government has got itself into. Those of us who talk about it regularly do agree that the passing of the Withdrawal Act without the protections against equalities and social regression we sought makes leaving the EU a particularly bad idea.


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