The Government has published a white paper on the future relationship between the UK and the European Union on 12 July 2018 which proposes a ‘principled and practical’ Brexit.
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.
There is an urgent need to increase support and protection for migrant women and consider measures which should be included in the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.
This is according to the May 2018 briefing by End Violence Against Women (EVAW) on women living in the ‘hostile environment’ (pdf).
By 2017, there were an estimated 3,438,000 EU citizens living in the UK, and it is not yet possible to know how many will be eligible for settled status.
This is from the April 2018 report the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford on the status of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit.
‘EU and EEA migrants living in Northern Ireland are facing high levels of fear and uncertainty around their status and rights in the aftermath of Brexit’.
This is according to the January 2018 report (pdf) from the Human Rights Consortium on the human rights implications of Brexit in Northern Ireland.
“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 unpaid labour of childcare is not recognised as “genuine and effective work”. This is a problem for the residency rights of EU nationals living in the UK, argues Isabel Shutes from LSE in a July 2017 article on childcare, work and residency rights.
In June 2017, Isabel Shutes and Sarah Walker wrote an article examining the gendered effects of restricting EU migrants’ access to rights to residence and to social benefits in relation to work, self-sufficiency and family.
The European Women’s Lobby published a December 2016 report on Brexit and women’s rights.