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The Government has announced more details of the Great Repeal Bill - intended to transfer the whole of EU law on to the UK statute book.

News: Article 50 triggered

Theresa May has triggered Article 50, starting the formal process by which the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.

With the government planning to incorporate current European Law within the Great Repeal Bill, and assurance from the Attorney General that the whole of the European Convention on Human Rights will be transposed into a British Bill Of Rights, vegans rights might seem safe.

However, use of an anachronistic loophole may allow the government to later re-write those laws without the support of parliament.

Vegan Rights (UK) is featured in extensively in the latest (March) issue of Vegan Life magazine.

Despite the Government's previous assurances to the contrary, Theresa May now plans to put withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights at the heart of the Conservative's 2020 general election campaign.

Vegan Rights (UK)  is featured extensively in the lead story of this month's Friends' Gazette, which addresses the subject of vegans being teased for their beliefs over the festive season.

The issue comes up as a petition has been launched to protect UK vegans from bullying when Britain gives up the Human Rights Act as a result of quitting the European Union.

Today saw the inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism (APPGVeg) at the Houses of Parliament.

Those of us invited to attend enjoyed an excellent presentation on the status of veganism as a protected belief as the United Kingdom exits from the European Union - by Jeanette Rowley, founding member of the International Vegan Rights Alliance (IVRA).

Great meeting with Keir Starmer MP, this morning. As well as being recently appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, his background as a human rights lawyer brings an important perspective to our campaign.

Contrary to one or two recent suggestions, Keir confirmed our understanding that the Human Rights Acts 1998 does indeed provide protection to vegans (with such protection being a schedule to the European Convention on Human Rights).

MPs respond

Last week, we emailed all UK MPs about our campaign (bar one who refuses to correspond by e-mail!)

While most tried to fob us off with the line that "a strict parliamentary protocol that means I can only take up casework on behalf of my own constituents", a few were more constructive.

"Many thanks, most helpful."

Keith Vaz MP (Labour), former Chair of Home Affairs Select Committee

Theresa May today confirmed the Government's intention to trigger Article 50, and begin Brexit negotiations, by the end of March 2017. This sets the country on a timetable to leave the EU by the end of March 2019.

On the first day of the Conservative Party, the UK Prime Minister announced a Great Repeal Bill - intended to transfer the whole of EU law on to the UK statute book.