Under the auspicies of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Professor Sandra Fredman, FBA, QC (hon), Director of the OxHRH and Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA and Professor of Public Law Alison Young (University of Oxford) have made a submission to the UK Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee.
The Women and Equalities Committee is launching an inquiry to ensure strong equalities legislation outside of the EU. Committee Chair, Maria Miller commented:
against the backdrop of growing consensus on the need for robust parliamentary scrutiny of the UK’s exit from the European Union… this inquiry will help ensure that the critical issue of equalities protection is not forgotten as we navigate our future outside the EU.
The inquiry examines legislation and legal institutions and processes that may be affected by Brexit and considers how to further embed equality principles.
The OxHRH submission, Great Repeal Bill and Equality Rights, explains what might be included in the proposed Great Repeal Bill to protect equality rights after Brexit. It sets out the problems which such a clause would address, shows how these problems affect equality legislation and proposes several possible clauses which could address the problems we have identified.