Government & Legislation

CAMPAIGN

Protect our right to protest!

Protect our right to protest!

Sign the petition against Part 3 of the Police Bill!

EVIDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT

Select committee evidence & government consultation responses.

Evidence about the National Infrastructure Commission

Evidence about the National Infrastructure Commission

with Tim Jackson

Our views on how the Commission should work, and why it should think about the climate.

Evidence to the National Infrastructure Commission

Evidence to the National Infrastructure Commission

with Tim Jackson

Our views on how they should draw up their assessment of the need for new infrastructure.

Evidence to the Commons Environmental Audit Committee

Evidence to the Commons Environmental Audit Committee

with Tim Jackson

For their inquiry into how the Treasury deals with sustainability issues.

Green House think-tank evidence

Green House think-tank evidence

Green House think-tank evidence to the Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into Sustainability and the Treasury.

Environmental Audit Committee:
Guest Article

Environmental Audit Committee:

Official website.

The most useful bit of Parliament.

LEGISLATION

New laws for the UK after Brexit.

Will ecology be the first casualty of Brexit?

Will ecology be the first casualty of Brexit?

with Rupert Read

The limitations of the 2019 Draft Environment Bill - which was the basis for the current (2020/1) Environment Bill.

Evidence for Commons scrutiny of the Draft Environment Bill

Evidence for Commons scrutiny of the Draft Environment Bill

with Rupert Read

Evidence for Commons scrutiny of the Draft Environment Bill (Jan 2019) - which was the basis for the current Environment Bill.

One useful thing Parliament could do now to protect us from a Trumpian trade deal

One useful thing Parliament could do now to protect us from a Trumpian trade deal

with Jenny Jones & Rupert Read

What’s wrong with the Government’s Trade Bill (2019).

Agriculture Bill caught in a Perfect Storm.

Agriculture Bill caught in a Perfect Storm.

The Government’s failure to defend UK food standards (2020).

Brexit Threat to Food Standards

Brexit Threat to Food Standards

Update on the Agriculture Bill (2020).

Environment Bill – Suggested amendments

Environment Bill – Suggested amendments

Drafted June 2020

This Bill is supposed to protect the UK environment after Brexit. The Government has delayed the Bill again but these amendments remain valid (though some clauses are now renumbered). The Bill is being debated in the Lords on June 7.

Responding to the Government’s ‘Environmental Principles’

Responding to the Government’s ‘Environmental Principles’

with Rupert Read

The Government's Environment Bill gives an important role to a new official 'Statement of Environmental Principles'. However there are some problems - which this consultation response points out. The biggest problem (strange after the pandemic) is a failure to take risk seriously enough.

Risky Principles

Risky Principles

with Rupert Read

Brexit means we no longer have European Commission protection for the environment. The Government has plans for a replacement - but they are flawed. Its latest document, in the shadow of Covid, shows a strange attitude to risk.

New laws update (official site)
Guest Article

New laws update (official site)

This page from the UK Parliament website lists all current primary legislation and provides links to check on how each bill is getting on.

The education system and media both play down the actual process of law-making but this information is important for active citizens.

BREXIT

The tragedy of Brexit and its causes

Take Back Real Control!

Take Back Real Control!

A sympathetic radical response to the desire of Brexit campaigners to ‘take back control’ (2016).

Alternative Brexit?

Alternative Brexit?

with Rupert Read

Possible new directions for the UK after Brexit (2017).

Brexit and Trade

Brexit and Trade

with Rupert Read

Report for Molly Scott Cato MEP on trade & globalisation after Brexit.

Briefing for the Brexit Civil Society Alliance

Briefing for the Brexit Civil Society Alliance

Briefing for the Brexit Civil Society Alliance on the Withdrawal Agreement & Political Declaration

David Harrison: 10 Brexit consequences people weren’t told about in 2016.
Guest Article

David Harrison: 10 Brexit consequences people weren’t told about in 2016.

Why “project fear” wasn’t as scary as the real thing.