Post-Brexit, we will be the only country in Europe where politicians will be free to remove and diminish hard-won rights, especially for women and minority groups. This is according to a joint letter on Brexit and women’s rights by female parliamentarians, businesswomen and campaigners published in the Guardian in June 2018.
We must widen understanding about the impact on women otherwise those who are disadvantaged the most by reason of ethnicity, class, income and citizenship will be truly left behind by Brexit. This is according to a June 2018 article by PolicyBristol Hub which summarises discussions from a symposium on women’s equality and Brexit.
Brexit attempts to shed minimum standards of justice and equality. This will disproportionately affect access to justice and the rights of women, BAME communities, LGBTQI, those with disabilities, workers and third country nationals. This is according to Dr Kimberley Brayson from the University of Sussex in a May 2018 article for UK in a Changing Europe.
‘UK equality law has grown in a vibrant interactive relationship with EU law.’
This is according to an April 2018 briefing (pdf) from the UK in a Changing Europe and Oxford Human Rights Hub on Brexit and equality law.
Gender equality enjoys a long-standing status as EU’s founding value… Yet, sixty years later, social justice objectives and equality between women and men remain unrealised. This is according to an April 2018 article by Ania Plomien from LSE on EU social and gender policy.
“Warning bells are sounding that rights women have gained during 42 years of EU Membership could be at risk, and in some instances wiped out.” This is according to the Deeds Not Words colloquium report, published in January 2018.
“Equality is a right, not a hand-out or a tool for political negotiations.”
“Leaving the EU also has implications for protections for women escaping domestic violence”. Sam Smethers, CEO of the Fawcett Society discusses what Brexit means for women in a September 2017 article for UK in a Changing Europe.
The EU is important for gender equality in Europe. If the EU were to be weakened, this would weaken a major support for all forms of equality in Europe. Professor Silvia Walby discusses Crisis, Brexit and Changes in Gender Regimes with The Sociological Review in August 2017.
‘Women are bearing the brunt of socio economic cuts in all their forms’, writes Emma Patterson-Bennett in a Brexit LawNI Project blog on Brexit and women.