18th January 2023
I’ve had a reply from James Sunderland MP for Bracknell to my 32nd letter to him.
Dear Mr Enga,
Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
I am sympathetic to your views in retaining the best bits of EU Legislation. The Government has already provided public assurance that they will keep those laws which protect individuals and their safety. You are right that these key laws should be kept to an equivalent bar or higher. I will of course scrutinise accordingly once they have released the detail of the Bill.
I want to assure you that this is an exciting opportunity for the UK in that it allows us to define what we want to be in the post-Brexit world. There is no suggestion of watering down the safeguards we already have and I would be unlikely as an entirely pragmatic and balanced MP to support that anyway. As PPS to the Home Secretary I will be unable to sign any amendments to the Bill but this will not preclude me from making sure that no key civil rights or liberties will be encroached upon and that the Bill will deliver for Bracknell.
I will, of course, continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly.
Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me.
p.p., Adam Bell
James Sunderland MP
Member of Parliament for the Bracknell Constituency
Bracknell, Crowthorne, Finchampstead, Sandhurst and Wokingham
Tuesday 17 January 2023
Dear James Sunderland,
I am writing about my concerns about the Retained EU Law Bill, that I see as dismantling regulations and standards protecting our environment, food quality and workers’ rights.
I want the Government to:-
• Provide a legally binding guarantee that they won’t slash our standards or drop EU laws which positively builds on our established regulations and standards;
• Commit to retaining or improving key legislation on wildlife protection, animal welfare, employment rights, environmental protections, food standards;
• Engage openly and transparently with third-sector organisations that are raising concerns about the implications of divergence in these areas, and;
• Remove clauses that allow Ministers to change the law without adequate democratic and parliamentary scrutiny;
This bill threatens up to 4,000 pieces of legislation. It has been described as “Reckless”. The government’s independent regulation watchdog, the regulatory policy committee (RPC), has looked at the impact assessment for the plans and described it as “not fit for purpose”.
I have yet to see why I would need this Bill, why I would want those retained EU laws removed or anything to explain why the replacement or lack of replacement, actually benefits me or anyone else.
I strongly ask you to vote against this Bill and explain why and how you think you know what you’re voting for, instead of what you’re voting against.