To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on ensuring that the rights of women and other people with protected characteristics under EU law are retained after the UK leaves the EU.
22 February 2018
The Government has made clear – including in our response last Autumn to the report from the Women & Equalities Select Committee on ensuring strong equalities legislation after leaving the EU – that all the protections covered in the Equality Act 2006, the Equality Act 2010 and equivalent legislation in Northern Ireland will continue to apply after we have left the EU.
The Equality Act 2010 is the cornerstone of equalities legislation in Great Britain, including provisions transposing the four relevant EU Directives and other measures which go beyond EU requirements, for example our gender pay gap reporting and the public sector equality duty. This shows that we do not have to be part of the EU to be a world leader in equalities.