No deal puts human rights at risk

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The Human Rights Consortium Scotland has detailed the wide range of threats a no deal Brexit presents to human rights

1st August 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Human rights campaigners have expressed their concerns around the growing prospects of a no deal Brexit.

Exiting the European Union without a deal will undermine a range of basic human rights, the Human Rights Consortium Scotland has said.

The group has called for those in power to work flat out to ensure that a no deal is avoided.

Mhairi Snowden, coordinator of the Human Rights Consortium Scotland, said: "When over 170 organisations supported the Scotland Declaration on Human Rights, they were clear that they want all of our policy makers to protect rights in the midst of Brexit. Human rights should not be a casualty of Brexit.

“However, it is now clear that no deal imperils our basic human rights. It risks regression on the right to food, to health, to family life, to life. There is simply not enough time to put in place the proper arrangements that we all need to secure our rights.

“And this lack of time means that there will not be proper scrutiny and participation in policy making.  

“We urge the Scottish and UK Governments, MEPs and MPs to do all that they can to prevent a no deal Brexit.  And we ask them to speak to civil society, and not shut them out, of Brexit decision-making."

As time to reach an agreement with the EU is fast running out, the group has highlighted many aspects of our basic human rights could be negatively affected. 

A paper prepared by the commission reveals the right to food is imperiled by expected new border controls, delays, and higher prices, whilst the impact of fewer EU citizens will have a detrimental impact on an already struggling health and social care sector.  

The uncertainty is negatively impacting EU citizens in the UK, whilst the lack of agreement on cross-border issues places protection for victims of crime or violence at increased risk.

The study also reveals concerns over potential shortages of medicine, uncertainty around the Erasmus + educational exchange programme and lack of scrutiny around legislation which will have to be hastily prepared.