Communities warn against no-deal rights rollback

Charities & campaigners from across the UK warn of ‘regression’ in rights and standards if no Brexit deal reached

Thursday 29th August 2019

A coalition of campaigners, health charities and other civil society organisations from across the UK are warning prime minister Boris Johnson they are “not ready” for a no-deal Brexit.

The 85 organisations behind a letter to Theresa May’s successor say leaving without an agreement will lead to an economic shock and ‘regression in rights and standards’.

Scottish groups backing the warning include the ALLIANCE, which represents thousands of health and social care organisations, disability rights campaigners Inclusion Scotland and the charity deafscotland.

It comes as the prime minister announces he will suspend parliament in advance of a new Queen’s speech.

Critics say this is intended to stop MPs passing laws to block a no-deal departure, which would otherwise happen by default on the 31st October.

But signatories to today’s letter warn this would have ‘drastic and wide-ranging implications’.

Citizens and communities who have so far been ignored ‘deserve to be heard’, they add.

The letter states: ‘Civil society faces the same Brexit related impacts and uncertainties as business, and yet we have not had adequate support, resources and engagement from the government. We urge you to better engage with civil society, including across the devolved nations, throughout the next stages of the Brexit process.’