Many people consider that a key principle of modern society and democracy is the protection of vulnerable minorities who find it hard to get their voice heard.
In the UK, these include women, disabled, BAME and LGBTQI+ people, employees and those working in the gig economy.
The Government has said leaving the EU will not lead to any reduction in rights for any UK citizens. But this pledge is impossible to reconcile with the Government’s decision to pull out of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which became legally binding on all EU member states in 2009.
Pulling out of the Charter as part of Brexit would mean a wide range of express protections and enforceable rights would no longer be guaranteed, including:
- the right to human dignity (Article 1)
- the requirement that men and women must be treated equally throughout society (Article 23)
- a direct prohibition on discrimination based on gender, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation (Article 21)
- express rights to personal data protection (Article 8)
- comprehensive protection for the rights of the child (Article 24 & 32)
- the right to refuse to join the military (Article 10)
- academic freedom (Article 13)
- wide-ranging fair trial rights (Article 47)
To date, there has been no statement or details of any replacement proposals from the UK Government.
With no UK replacement lined up, people risk losing years of guaranteed protection