‘The UK Prime Minister has not met women’s civil society groups. Yet, under the watch of this prime minister who self-identifies as a feminist, the framework for gender equality shaped by EU membership will disappear.’
This is from a February 2019 article by Yvonne Galligan of Technological University Dublin, on Brexit and women in Northern Ireland.
Ms Gallligan also notes that:
- Young women in Northern Ireland were much more pro-Remain than any other age cohort.
- Women’s groups fear that a Brexit-induced economic downturn would intensify poverty among women and families.
- Although continuation of the common travel area between the UK and Ireland may be available for British and Irish citizens post-Brexit, it may not apply to women with other citizenship identities, limiting their access to reproductive healthcare.
- Though Michel Barnier met with Northern Irish women’s groups in 2018, Theresa May has yet to do so.