The TUC is
warning that if the UK leaves the EU then some LGBTI rights which are protected under EU Law could be under threat:
"Many people think LGBTI rights are safe in the UK, especially since the
Conservative Party has shifted from a position of introducing section 28
banning the 'promotion' of homosexuality to legislating for same-sex
marriage. Complete repeal of the rights may be unlikely but changes
could be made that undermine or narrow them.
For example, there have
been attempts by some to restrict rights to equality for LGBTI people on
the grounds of religion or belief. And successive UK governments have
tried to curb workers’ rights to reduce 'burdens on business'.
The coalition government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’ asked if the Equality
Act 2010 (which brought together all the previous discrimination laws)
should be scrapped. EU law helped defend most rights in the Act but
the government still found bits to repeal that were not supported by EU
law, like the questionnaires employees could use to ask their employer
about potential discrimination."
The UK’s Sexual Orientation Regulations, introduced in 2003, are also based on an EU directive requiring equal treatment for LGB workers, and it was a European Court of Justice ruling that
established that same-sex civil partners should have equal access to marital benefits.
"Brexit campaigners have made no secret of their radical agenda for deregulation," says TUC Equalities Officer Huma Munshi. ‘"To them it’s ‘red tape’, but to us it’s our right to equality, and our
right to fair compensation if we suffer discrimination."
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