Exiting the EU

In June 2016, the UK voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). The Commission has called for human rights and social protections to be protected in the process that has followed.

We believe that a commitment to advancing, not weakening, human rights protections must be carried forward by both the UK and Scottish Governments in whatever changes take place as a result of leaving the EU. We are particularly concerned that loss of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU will lead to gaps in protection and that removing the Charter as part of the Brexit process would create significant legal uncertainty.

For more information:

  • Our joint statement with the UK's human rights and equality bodies (June 2018)
  • Our evidence to the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee (Nov 2016)
  • Our statement on protecting human rights in context of Brexit (Dec 2016)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (our sister National Human Rights Institution) is leading work on human rights and Brexit in relation to policy areas reserved to the UK Parliament. Their website contains more information

 

 

 


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