EDF Gendering Brexit Blog series: Gentlemen’s agreements: proposals on the table for EU citizens’ rights disadvantage women by design

As Brexit-day draws nearer, we are faced with two similar-but-different proposals for migration regimes for EU nationals in the UK – one in the draft Withdrawal Agreement (just) concluded, but now looking precarious, between the UK and the EU, and one in the UK Home Office’s proposals, which appear predicated upon there being a withdrawal agreement.

Although no deal is a distinct possibility, the citizens’ rights part of the withdrawal agreement may end up being plucked out and ring-fenced into a ‘partial deal’ to avoid human catastrophe, so this post reflects upon the offers on the table.

In both regimes, people will fall through the cracks. And women will be disproportionately likely to be among that group.

Professor Charlotte O’Brien from the York Law School, contributes this blog on EU migrants’ rights , gender and Brexit. 

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First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership report: ‘Recommendations for a new human rights framework to improve people’s lives’

‘There is an urgent need of human rights leadership in today’s world’, this is according to the December 2018 report (pdf) from the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership. 

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National Audit Office report: Handling of the Windrush situation

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The National Audit Office have published a December 2018 report (pdf) to examine the handling of the Windrush situation.

This report seeks to increase transparency about what happened, establish whether problems with the Department’s information management and management of immigration casework may have contributed to the situation.

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Race on the Agenda briefing: Brexit for BAME Britain – investigating the impact

There is strong evidence that a ‘No Deal’ or ‘Hard’ Brexit would be the most damaging for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, women and those on low incomes with few qualifications.

This is from the November 2018 briefing from Race on the Agenda (ROTA) which looks at the implications of Brexit on BAME communities.

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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights report: Being Black in the EU

‘In the 21st century, there is no excuse for racial discrimination. Yet black people in the EU today are still victims of widespread and unacceptable levels of discrimination and harassment simply because of their skin colour’.

This is according to the November 2018 report (pdf) from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), which examines the experiences of nearly 6,000 black people in 12 European Union Member States.

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