Brexit negotiations and human rights

David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Michel Barnier, European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union shaking hands

David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Michel Barnier, European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union

Liberty's three key principles for the negotiating process

Whether you voted leave or remain, no one voted for fewer rights after Brexit.

As the United Kingdom and European Union negotiate their future relationship, both sides need to commit to protecting our hard-won fundamental rights and freedoms – rights that protect each and every one of us.

To make sure no one is left with less protection after Brexit than before it, Liberty is calling for both sides to commit to these three key principles during the negotiating process:

1. UK must remain member of both Council of Europe and European Convention on Human Rights

The ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ drawn up by the UK and the EU – and any extra treaties that are made – must require the UK to remain a member of both the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights.

2. Fundamental rights in Withdrawal Agreement must be written into UK law

Fundamental rights included in the Withdrawal Agreement and any extra treaties must be written into UK law so people can enforce and rely on them in courts here at home, as well as those of any country in the EU.

3. EU Charter of Fundamental Rights must continue to apply to any EU law we keep after Brexit

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights must continue to apply to any EU law we keep after Brexit. Right now the Charter makes sure those laws respect our rights. So where the Withdrawal Agreement and any extra treaties cover EU laws we are holding onto, the Charter must still apply to them to ensure they properly protect our rights after we’ve left the European Union too.

Liberty will be working tirelessly throughout the negotiating process to make sure all those involved uphold these simple principles and protect our rights every step of the way.