The EU Withdrawal Bill constitutes a massive attack on the fundamental rights of all UK citizens. By deeming the incorporation of the articles from the Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFREU) into UK Law as “unnecessary”, as the government has done, it is launching an unprecedented attack on the rights of all British citizens, the majority of whom are unaware of the benefits that CFREU protection affords.
However, the current debate around EU citizens rights portrays the loss of these rights almost exclusively in the dialogue of “expatriate rights”, creating a false narrative that implies that only UK citizens in other EU countries, and EU citizens in the UK, are affected by the proposed changes.
This article does not want to belittle the acute direct impact that Brexit has on these expatriate communities; it seeks to address the imbalance in the current debate to demonstrate that all British citizens, including those with no direct ties to other EU countries, will suffer from a huge loss of rights if this matter is left unchallenged. Continue reading “Repealing Our Rights – British Citizens set to lose their Fundamental Rights”
by Dr Brian Milne, consultant researcher on children’s human rights
This paper considers the implications of Brexit in terms of how the secession of the UK from membership of the European Union may impact on the human rights, therefore the lives of children.
Continue reading “Children’s human rights, Brexit and the EU”
The Guardian newspaper has published an article by Alfonso Montero, the policy director of the European Social Network, which provides a useful overview of how disability rights are likely to be affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
The author argues that a whole range of disability rights that are currently safeguarded by EU legislation may be under threat, including the fact that “Brexit would also remove the possibility for UK citizens to resort to the European court of justice if they felt their equality rights had been contravened”. The article also list examples of how financial support for UK disabled people is likely to be cut.
>>> Read article on The Guardian website
The EU (Withdrawal) Bill was presented to the House of Commons on Thursday 13 July 2017.
The EU (Withrawal) Bill, as well as the accompanying Explanatory notes
are available to download in full from the Parliament Publications website Continue reading “European Union (Withdrawal) Bill”