Brexit, equality and human rights


Although we have left the European Union, EU legislation continues to play a major part in upholding our human rights. We are continuing to lobby around post-Brexit related legislation, including secondary legislation and trade agreements, to protect our equality and human rights laws and institutions.

Levelling up

Our current work programme outside of constitutional reform is focused on the government’s plans for ‘levelling up’, which the prime minister has described as ‘overturning inequalities.’

EU funding has made a huge difference to those experiencing inequality and discrimination in the UK. The Government is proposing to replace these funding streams with the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). This is an opportunity to create a simpler, more accessible fund, that carries on the vital work of embedding equality and tackling discrimination. This can only be achieved if the new fund is equal by design.

Our policies on Brexit

Our policy priorities for Brexit are to:

  • ensure a modern, outward-looking and high-standards Britain that advances equality and human rights
  • protect our current equality and human rights laws
  • ensure that the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund continues to support previous EU funding programmes that promote equality and tackle disadvantage and discrimination.

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Find out more

To find out more about our work on Brexit, get in touch with our Parliamentary and Policy Advisor, Liz Shannon, at

For all the latest news on Brexit, equality and human rights, see our Brexit resource bank.