Equality and Europe

Following the 2016 referendum on the UK’s EU membership, this section of the website was created to provide information about equality issues and Europe, including the implications for equality of the UK leaving the EU.

Please note that the Equality and Diversity Forum does not endorse the material provided.

TUC analysis – Maternity Leave in Europe

March 24, 2017
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The TUC published an analysis of maternity pay in March 2017. Based on research from the International Network on Leave Policies and Research, the TUC found that British mothers get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe.
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EHRC briefing – Healing the divisions: a positive vision for equality and human rights in Britain

March 20, 2017
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission published a five-point plan for equality and human rights after Brexit in March 2017. The Commission encouraged all political parties to pursue five priorities to protect and promote equality and human rights in the UK.
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EU report: ‘The meaning of racial or ethnic origin in EU law: between stereotypes and identities’

March 18, 2017

The European Union published a report, 'The meaning of racial or ethnic origin in EU law: between stereotypes and identities', in February 2017. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the conceptual background of the ground of racial or ethnic origin as well as its practical interpretation by international as well as national courts.
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WEC Report and EDF Response – Ensuring Strong Equalities Legislation After Brexit

February 28, 2017
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The Women and Equalities Select Committee published a report on ensuring strong equalities legislation after Brexit in February 2017, after an earlier inquiry. Our Chief Executive, Ali Harris, said "We welcome the four positive recommendations made by the committee which seek to embed equality into the UK legislative and policy framework, specifically aided by civil society organisations."
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APPG on Migration inquiry on Brexit and immigration

February 7, 2017
Parliament

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration launched an inquiry in February 2017 into the experience and concerns of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and public sector organisations in the area of migration. The deadline for the submission of written evidence is 28 February 2017.
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Fawcett Society review – Sex Discrimination Law

January 30, 2017
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The Fawcett Society launched a review into sex discrimination law in post-Brexit Britain in January 2017. The review also considered current laws and how to best balance the rights of the individual with the responsibilities of the organisation.
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Joint Committee on Human Rights report on the human rights implications of Brexit

December 19, 2016
Parliament

The Joint Committee on Human Rights published an interim report on the human rights implications of Brexit in December 2016.
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Posted in: Equality and Europe, Home, Research and reports

Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry on the Government’s proposed derogation from the ECHR

December 16, 2016
Parliament

The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry on the Government’s proposed derogation from the ECHR in December 2016. Written submissions are invited from interested groups and individuals. The deadline for submissions is Friday 31 March 2017.
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British Future report of inquiry into securing the status of EEA+ nationals in the UK

December 15, 2016
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British Future published in December 2016 the report of their inquiry into securing the status of nationals from the European Economic Area living in the UK. The Inquiry’s report calls on the Government to make a clear public commitment that the 2.8 million Europeans in the UK can stay.
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Mapping The Great Repeal: European Union Law And The Protection Of Human Rights

December 13, 2016

Angela Patrick, from Doughty Street Chambers, produced a background paper for the Thomas Paine Initiative, entitled 'Mapping The Great Repeal: European Union Law And The Protection Of Human Rights', published in December 2016.
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Chief Executive Ali Harris gives evidence on equalities legislation after Brexit

December 9, 2016
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Ali Harris, our Chief Executive, gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee - and called for mapping of equality, diversity and human rights issues across government on the impact of Brexit.
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Scottish Parliament Information Centre briefing on Brexit, equalities and human rights

November 23, 2016
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The Scottish Parliament Information Centre published a briefing on the impact of Brexit on equalities and human rights in October 2016. The briefing considers the impact Brexit will have on equalities and human rights. The focus is on legislation which has a basis in EU law, the protections currently offered, and what this could mean in the future.
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House of Commons Library briefing paper on Brexit and employment law

November 11, 2016
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The House of Commons Library published a briefing paper on Brexit and employment law in November 2016. The briefing focuses on key differences between domestic and EU employment law, and discusses the Government's position on the topic.
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Justice Committee inquiry into implications of Brexit for the justice system

October 28, 2016
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The Justice Committee launched an inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the justice system in October 2016. The deadline for submissions passed on Friday 11 November 2016.
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European Commission report on the case for LGBT diversity in the workplace

October 28, 2016

The European Commission published a report, 'The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace: sexual orientation and gender identity - Report on good practices', in October 2016.
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Letter from Joint Committee on Human Rights to Michael Fallon MP

October 15, 2016
Parliament

The Joint Committee on Human Rights wrote to the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon MP, in October 2016, asking for a full explanation of the Government’s proposal to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to protect the Armed Forces from legal claims arising from future overseas operations.
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UN race committee concerns about post-referendum increase in UK hate crimes

August 31, 2016
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In August 2016, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published its concluding observations on the UK's twenty-first to twenty-third periodic reports.
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Report on ‘Immigration & integration in post-referendum Britain’

August 31, 2016
British Future

'What next after Brexit? Immigration & integration in post-referendum Britain' was published by British Future in August 2016.
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Inquiry to examine how Government can protect rights of EU citizens in UK

August 31, 2016

A new inquiry is examining the practicalities of how the Government can protect the rights of the 3 million EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit. The call for evidence closed on 7 September 2016.
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House of Lords EU Committee report: Unaccompanied migrant children

August 18, 2016
Parliament

The House of Lords European Union Committee published a report, 'Children in crisis: unaccompanied migrant children in the EU', in July 2016.
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TUC action plan: ‘Challenging racism after the EU referendum’

August 18, 2016
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The Trades Union Congress published in August 2016 their guidance, 'Challenging racism after the EU referendum: An action plan for challenging racism and xenophobia'.
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EHRC – ‘What to do if you’re worried about racism: EU referendum factsheet’

July 19, 2016
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'What to do if you're worried about racism: EU referendum factsheet' was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in July 2016.
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European Parliament adopts resolution to apply UN’s human rights recommendations

July 19, 2016

The European Parliament formally reacted to the UN’s recommendations from the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and made a report in July 2016.
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TUC polling on opinions on Brexit

July 19, 2016
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The Trade Union Council released a press release on 13 July 2016 following polling they had conducted on voters' opinions on Brexit. The poll showed that both Remain and Leave voters supporting maintaining vital rights like maternity leave (73% of Remain and 69% of Leave voters) and maintaining protection against discrimination at work (80% of Remain voters and 77% of Leave voters).
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Blog on ‘Brexit and potential human rights implications’

July 10, 2016

'Brexit and potential human rights implications' by UKREN's Alan Anstead looks at some of the main human rights implications of the UK government invoking article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and starting the countdown to leaving the EU.
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Fundamental Rights Report 2016 opinions

July 8, 2016
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The Fundamental Rights Agency published their opinions from their 2016 report in June 2016. This short publication condenses FRA’s views on current challenges in the EU fundamental rights field, noting both progress made and persisting obstacles.
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Evidence review: ‘Creating more Equal Societies – What Works?’

July 8, 2016

'Creating more Equal Societies - What Works?' was published by the European Commission in June 2016.
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European Commission report on effective Roma integration strategies

July 8, 2016

In June 2016, the European Commission published 'Effective Roma integration measures in the Member States 2016'.
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Responses to post-Brexit rise in racist incidents

July 8, 2016

Many organisations condemned the rise in racist incidents that was reported following the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
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Law Centres Network guides on EU rights and entitlements

July 8, 2016
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Law Centres Network prepared twelve guides in 2016 on employment, housing, immigration, right to reside, health, social care and other topics. The guides are aimed at EU citizens and others willing to better understand EU rights and entitlements.
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