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EU (Withdrawal) Bill and Brexit Update

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill entered the committee stage at the House of Lords on 21 February 2018. Further scrutiny of the Bill will occur in the Lords on 26 February 2018.

With the UK leaving the European Union, Children in Wales has worked with the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People to raise concerns for children and children’s rights in Wales.

In October we published a joint briefing paper that set out our concerns and opportunities to protect children’s rights through law and policy in Wales.

The briefing focuses on four main areas, the erosion of guarantees of fundamental rights, the undermining of social cohesion, the lack of meaningful opportunities for children to have participated in the Brexit process, and the loss of EU funding to support disadvantaged communities. You can read the paper here.

Children in Wales also held a roundtable event with members of the third sector in November, discussing Brexit and its implications for Children’s rights in Wales. A report on the event will be available in due course.

The UK Government has said that EU funding will be replaced with a successor fund called the Shared Prosperity Fund. With that in mind, the WCVA will be running regional consultation events in February and March to find third sector perspectives on what Wales needs from a successor fund. You can read more about the events and the dates here.

The Brexit and Children Coalition has published two briefing papers for the House of Lords debate, one calling for the support of amendments that protect and promote children’s rights once we leave the European Union, and another calling for ensuring that cross-border mechanisms for safeguarding children are in place.

Both briefings are hosted on the Children’s Society website and can be read here and here.

Updates to Children in Wales’ work on Brexit at our website, and you can join in the conversation online by using #BrexitCYPWales.