Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

Equality and rights of women amendment to Article 50 Bill


Today I tabled an amendment to the Government's Article 50 Bill with The Fawcett Society to protect women's rights regarding the workplace, domestic violence, female genital mutilation and trafficking post-Brexit:

Text of the amendment:

Before issuing any notification under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union the Prime Minister shall give an undertaking to have regard to the public interest during negotiations in:

  1. Maintaining employment rights and protections derived from EU legislation,
  2. Ensuring EU co-operation to end violence against women and girls, tackle female genital mutilation and end human trafficking will continue unaffected,
  3. The desirability of continuing to recognise restraining orders placed on abusive partners in EU Member States in the UK and restraining orders placed on abusive partners in the UK across the EU.
  4. To assess and make recommendations for developing legislation on equality and access to justice.

We're encouraging all MPs to sign. For more information contact Rachel Smethers - [email protected] 0207 219 2057.

Full list of signatories:

Yvette Cooper MP

Jess Phillips MP

Stella Creasy MP

Caroline Lucas MP

Rushanara Ali MP

Luciana Berger MP


Tracy Brabin MP

Sarah Champion MP

Vernon Coaker MP


Gloria De Piero MP

Stephen Doughty MP

Angela Eagle MP

Julie Elliott MP

Helen Goodman MP

Kate Green MP

Lillian Greenwood MP

Margaret Greenwood MP

Helen Hayes MP

Margaret Hodge MP

Kelvin Hopkins MP

Rupa Huq MP

Diana Johnson MP

Mike Kane MP

Barbara Keeley MP

David Lammy MP


Seema Malhotra MP

Gordon Marsden MP

Stephen McCabe MP

Alison McGovern MP

Lisa Nandy MP

Yasmin Qureshi MP

Naz Shah MP

Virendra Sharma MP

Andrew Smith MP

Stephen Twigg MP

Valerie Vaz MP


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