The British Institute of Human Rights is working to ensure the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill does not lead to a reduction of human rights protections in the UK, and instead builds on the laws we already have, and where possible develop further (not different) human rights protections.

Our briefing flags evidence to parliament of the human rights concerns surrounding the Withdrawal Bill, particularly in relation to the exclusion or changing of human rights protections. We are urging peers to ensure that human rights are treated in the same way as other legislation and transposed into UK law so that the same protections apply on the day of exit as before, which is the stated aim of the Bill. 

In a joint statement, coordinated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, BIHR joined a range of human rights groups flagging concerns about the current EU Withdrawal Bill and the hole it will leave for human rights protection in the UK. This was backed up by a independent legal advice from Jason Coppel QC, requested by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, available here:

In a short debate, called by Lord Cashman, the Lords will discuss the human rights implications of Brexit. Following shortly after Human Rights Day on 10 Dec, BIHR's briefing flags the concerns of 145 groups across the UK and the call on the Prime Minister to ensure human rights are safeguarded today, during and post Brexit.

Hosted by Baroness Anita Gale, the Women’s Resource Centre organised a Round Table on 7 Dec 2017 to identify and explore key issues for women's organisations in the context of Brexit risks to rolling back equality and human rights legislation, employment rights and measures aimed at tackling VAWG.

This submission sets out shared concerns that 1) human rights protections in the Bill, as it currently stands, will be lessened, and 2) there is a lack of parliamentary scrutiny of significant areas that will impact on people's everyday rights in the UK (20 November 2017)