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Campaigners from Another Europe is Possible and Global Justice Now slammed the EU Withdrawal Bill (formerly known as the Great Repeal Bill) today as “the biggest threat to parliamentary democracy in decades”. Campaigners dressed in Tudor costumes stood outside parliament to protest the widespread use of ‘Henry VIII’ powers in the bill, which give extraordinary powers to government ministers to ‘translate’ large elements of EU law into UK law. They fear that during this ‘translation’ vital rights and protections could be watered down. 

Day of creative action to block the set-up of DSEI arms fair in London. ‘Free Movement for People not Weapons’ demonstration targets companies supplying weaponry that fuel wars and profiting from militarised borders and surveillance technology.

Almost five thousand people have emailed IPSO, the press regulator calling for an inquiry into racism in the UK media, in the wake of a column in the Sun which referred to ‘The Muslim Problem.’

  • New research reveals  how corporate interests are dominating  meetings held by the UK’s Department for Exiting the EU as well as those organised by the EU Brexit Task Force.
  • UK and EU negotiators accused of side-lining concerns of civil society and small businesses in Brexit negotiations by granting massively privileged access to corporate lobbyists.

Responding to Donald Trump's press conference last night in which he defended the neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now, which is part of the UK Stop Trump coalition said:

174 civil society organisations from around the world have today released a statement calling on investors to cease support for Bridge International Academies, a company running over 500 commercial private schools in the global south and which receives aid funding from the UK’s Department for International Development.

Treating cattle with hormones to increase growth has been banned in the UK for decades because of the risks to human health – scientists have been unable to find any safe level for consumption. 

More than 70 organisations and 700 people from over 50 countries have called on the Bolivian government to drop its false charges against its former UN representatives, Pablo Solón and Rafael Archondo and to stop the proposed hydroelectric power projects, El Bala and Chepete.

  • MPs not allowed any information about Fox’s secret trade talks with USA
  • 16 trade unions and civil society organisations from the UK and USA call for trade talks to “be led by public input and take place in the light of day”
  • Of 318 lobby meetings over 6 month period, 90% were with business lobby

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A new report lays out the case for why a new, progressive vision for UK aid is urgently needed, arguing that it must be re-focused on principles of social justice and the need to redistribute economic and political power in the world. 

It’s extremely worrying that Liam Fox is starting to hammer out the details of a trade deal that will have enormous consequences for everyone in the UK

The government’s ‘Great Repeal Bill’ could have “fundamental long-term effects on rights, poverty and the environment” unless significantly reformed, warn campaign groups Another Europe is Possible and Global Justice Now today.

As the bill receives its first reading in the House of Commons, campaigners claim that the bill will hand sweeping powers to the government to make changes on a very wide range of regulation from working regulations to environmental protection to consumer protections.