LGBTI rights are in danger if Brexit happens and Britain leaves the European Union.
A Gay Star News has found many rights will be severely impacted on 29 March.
Free movement, trans rights, employment rights, relationship rights, asylum and rights guaranteed by the ER Charter will all be damaged in one way or another.
The research is written by leading human rights barristers, legal scholars and civil activists.
What LGBTI people will lose if Brexit happens
The greatest concern, the report states, is the loss of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The Charter is the only legally binding international human rights document that expressly protects LGBTI people.
‘Brexit will reduce the UK’s global influence and have an impact on LGBTI rights further afield,’ the report states.
‘ The UK is a generally positive force in promoting LGBTI equality in the EU.
‘The EU also provides effective mechanisms to promote equality worldwide. Therefore Brexit, and the loss of those mechanisms and connections, harms not only LGBT rights in the UK, but also those of others around the world.’
Ending free movement will change everything
Ending free movement will have an impact.
When LGBTI people move to another member EU state for work, they want assurances they can travel with their spouse.
Leaving the EU, British LGBTI individuals will be deprived of the benefit of the EU’s same-sex free movement guarantees.
While trans people will be protected by Section 7 of the Equality Act, there is no impediment to future parliaments of stripping trans people of these rights.
The report continues: ‘Leaving the EU, particularly within a resurgent climate of anti-migration, there is a risk that the plight of LGBT asylum applicants (and the structural indignities they confront) will only be reinforced in post-Brexit Britain.’
HIV in the event of a ‘no-deal’
People living with HIV, around 100,000 people, will also be impacted.
If a ‘no deal’ scenario happens, it could affect the flow of medicines in and out of the country.
Limiting or removing freedom of movement could also bar access to EU research and funding on HIV.
The report states: ‘UK Government has stated we will not lose LGBTI rights on the day we exit the EU.
‘That is likely true; however, this report shows assurances made by the proponents of Brexit should not be trusted unreservedly.
‘Examination of the EU referendum voting intention for 636 MPs and their historical voting records on key LGBTI bills shows a worrying correlation between support for Brexit and anti-LGBTI sentiment.’
The report recommends the UK should have a second referendum, a People’s Vote, including the option to remain in the EU.
Put It To The People march
Following A People’s Vote March on 20 October 2018, The People’s Vote campaign for a second referendum on Brexit has announced a march the weekend before the UK leaves the EU.
On 23 March, members of the LGBT community will march together once again. They will demanding whatever conclusion Parliament comes to, they Put it to the People in a People’s Vote. They will form up into the official LGBTI column for the general march.
The new demonstration, supported by GSN, is likely to be even bigger than last year’s march, which attracted a record-breaking crowd of about 700,000.