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Most Pro-Brexit MPs don’t support LGBTI rights, damning report shows

Most Pro-Brexit MPs don’t support LGBTI rights, damning report shows

LGBTI rights voting record

A damming report has showed a worrying correlation between support of Brexit and anti-LGBTI views.

However, conversely, a clear majority of pro-EU MPs are generally LGBTI allies.

The original research by Gay Star News and LGBT+ for a People’s Vote analysed the voting records on six key bills that sought to strengthen LGBTI rights in the UK.

Correlating the voting percentage with which side of Brexit they side with reveals some alarming, but reassuring results.

The six bills: how do MPs compare? 

When comparing voting records on six crucial LGBTI bills to their Brexit stance, the results are clear.

Across the board, MPs in favour of remain are also in favour of LGBTI rights.

The report analysed EU referendum voting intention for 636 MPs and their historical voting records on LGBTI bills in the UK Parliament.

For example, nearly all Remain supporters (91%) voted in favor of the Civil Partnership Bill in 2004.

But almost half (49%) of Leave supporters voted against the bill.

A bar chart comparing the percentage of MPs who are leave or remain supporters who footed in favour of LGBTI rights
When comparing voting records on six crucial LGBTI bills to their Brexit stance, the results are clear | Picture: Gay Star News

Similarly, The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill in 2013 was a divisive act.

Shockingly, white 79% of Remain MPs voted in favor of marriage equality, only 33% of Brexiters did.

Prominent architects of Brexit – who sought to delay LGB people this right – included: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Liam Fox and David Davis who served as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

LGBTI rights without the Human Rights Act

Furthermore, the UK Government is in talks of repealing the Human Rights Act post-Brexit.

Looking to the US, we see a troubling assault on trans rights without such an act in place.

LGBTI people’s rights are moving backwards during the Trump administration.

The report warned: ‘Backtracking on LGBTI rights simply takes political appetite, complacence from the populace and enough parliamentarians who are not our active allies to allow legislation to be voted through.’

‘We are going to fight’

Speaking at the report launch in Parliament this week, Gay Star News editor-in-chief Tris Reid-Smith said: ‘The UK has a duty internationally to push forward rights across Europe and beyond.

‘The EU and our European connections are a vital mechanism to do that.

‘Let us hope that we will have a People’s Vote. Let us hope common sense and reason prevail.’

He added: ‘We need to have a certain level of confidence in ourselves.

‘We have to believe that we are going to win. We are going to fight everyday to get a vote. You have to believe in your own future success.’

Read the full report below