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Disability Rights UK Research and Manifesto on Brexit

21 April 2017

Disability Rights UK has been researching the possible impact of Brexit on disabled people’s rights.

This has included looking at UK laws that have a basis in EU law and what might be required to avoid aspects being lost or changed to the disadvantage of disabled people.

We held a roundtable in March 2017, attended by over 40 delegates from a range of disability organisations, including Centres for Independent Living, charities, Trade Unions and individual disabled people. To provide some legislative and policy context, we commissioned an analysis by Professor Anna Lawson, Director of the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds.

We have also participated in other events on influencing Brexit debate and policy held by; the European Network for Independent Living, Thomas Paine Initiative, Equality and Diversity Forum, Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and Cloisters Law Firm.

We are consulting on the development of a ‘manifesto’ on what the disability rights sector should be seeking from a post-EU UK. We welcome further suggestions and input by email to tony.stevens@disabilityrightsuk.org (please send these by 5th May 2017).

Background resources

Video presentation by Professor Anthony Valcke, Supervising Solicitor EU Rights Clinic

5 takeaways on Brexit study on Brexit and citizens’ rights produced by the European Citizen and Action Service

Professor Anna Lawson presents her paper