Last night, the Tories launched a major – if predictably misleading – propaganda campaign on social media, claiming that Labour’s attempt to defeat a bill about post-Brexit laws was an attempt to ‘block Brexit’.
The bill was actually about which EU laws would be carried over into UK law when we leave the EU in 2019 – and it included a provision that was hugely revealing about Tory intentions post-Brexit.
The key and most distasteful aspect of the bill – which has received very little coverage by mainstream media – was contained in a very specific sentence describing what would not be included in UK law outside the EU:
This means that, from day one of Brexit, the rights enshrined in the EU’s Charter will be repealed – with no promise in last night’s bill that they will be replaced by any other guaranteed rights.
And what rights are those? The EU’s web page for the Charter lists them under six headings:
More specifically, they include such crucial themes as the rights of children and minorities and the right to be protected from hate. They also include our rights:
- to life
- not to be tortured, or experimented on against our will
- to liberty and security
- to private and family life
- to freedom of thought and expression
- to academic freedom
- to education
- to equality before the law
- to fair and just working conditions
- to be protected from unfair dismissal
- to social security and protections
- to vote
- to good government
- to freedom of movement
- to a fair trial
and much more.
Last night, 308 Tories – and ten DUP MPs – voted to remove those protections.
It’s not hard to imagine why – nor to see why they’d want you thinking it was about Labour MPs ‘trying to block Brexit’:
Whether you want to leave the EU or remain, what matters most is what kind of country we live in – and the Tories have just voted to remove a fundamental protection of our standard of living and of our way of life.
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