David Drew MP : Brexit threatens women's rights and wellbeing, we must make sure equal rights are protected

David Drew MP : Brexit threatens women's rights and wellbeing, we must make sure equal rights are protected

I joined cross-party parliamentary colleagues to sign this letter, published in the Guardian this week, which calls for women’s equality to be safeguarded:

Brexit will have a profound effect on the rights and wellbeing of women. The principle of equality between men and women is enshrined in EU law; many employment rights, maternity rights, trafficking laws and measures to combat violence against women and girls are derived from EU treaties and directives.

These protections do not only fight current levels of discrimination against women; they also provide a structural basis for eliminating it from our society.

However, as illustrated in a report published this week by the campaign group Best for Britain, Brexit will put these protections at risk and will mean that future EU equality and human rights protections are not binding in UK law.

Through the removal of the jurisdiction of the European court of justice and no British replacement lined up to the EU charter of fundamental rights, Brexit will remove existing avenues of protection and leave women in the UK more vulnerable to abuse.

We are at a profound moment in UK history, and the fight to protect the rights of women is real.

The EU has made huge progress over the past 45 years in protecting rights both for women now and in the future. The government has a duty to ensure we do not turn back the clock on this critical issue.

We call on the government to lay out its plans to keep these vital laws and regulations in place.

Heidi Allen MP Independent
Guto Bebb MP Independent
Tom Brake MP Liberal Democrat
Richard Burden MP Labour
Vince Cable MP Liberal Democrat
Ann Coffey MP The Independent Group for Change
Neil Coyle MP Labour
Angela Crawley MP SNP women and equalities spokesperson
Nic Dakin MP Labour
Geraint Davies MP Labour
David Drew MP Labour
Rosie Duffield MP Labour
Jonathan Edwards MP Plaid Cymru
Paul Farrelly MP Labour
Gill Furniss MP Labour
Preet Kaur Gill MP Labour
Helen Hayes MP Labour
Wera Hobhouse MP Liberal Democrat
Margaret Hodge MP Labour
Christine Jardine Liberal Democrat
Peter Kyle Labour
Ben Lake MP Plaid Cymru
David Lammy MP Labour
Caroline Lucas MP Green
Gordon Marsden MP Labour
Kerry McCarthy MP Labour
Anna McMorrin MP Labour
Madeleine Moon MP Labour
Layla Moran MP Liberal Democrat
Ian Murray MP Labour
Jess Phillips MP Labour
Antoinette Sandbach MP Independent
Liz Saville-Roberts MP Plaid Cymru
Virendra Sharma MP Labour
Tulip Siddiq MP Labour
Andy Slaughter MP Labour
Angela Smith MP Liberal Democrat
Jeff Smith MP Labour
Owen Smith MP Labour
Jo Stevens MP Labour
Jo Swinson MP Liberal Democrat
Chuka Umunna MP Liberal Democrat
Catherine West MP Labour
Martin Whitfield MP Labour
Hywel Williams MP Plaid Cymru
Daniel Zeichner MP Labour
Mandu Reid Leader of the Women’s Equality Party
Ruth Lister Labour
Lorely Burt Liberal Democrat

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