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Joint Committee on Human Rights launches inquiry into human rights implications of Brexit

Inquiry will consider impact on privacy and family life

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is launching an inquiry into the human rights implications of Brexit.

Three issues are of particular interest to the Committee: privacy and family life, international trade and other human rights protected by EU law.

In respect of the first of those issues, the Committee will ask what is the potential impact of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects privacy and family life, on EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in other EU Member states in terms of their right to stay. For example, if current residence rights are not respected, issues could arise where EU nationals are married to British citizens, or where there is a genuine and subsisting relationship between a parent and child.

The Inquiry will also investigate what is the potential impact of withdrawal on other human rights protected by EU law. To give just one example raised by the Committee, in the area of children's rights there are detailed Directives on the subjects of combating child sexual abuse, exploitation and pornography, and on combating human trafficking.

JCHR Chair Harriet Harman said:

"EU law provides many important human rights protections. It is vitally important that these are carefully considered in Brexit negotiations, to ensure that we do not weaken any existing human rights protections, especially where these apply to some of the most vulnerable groups in society."

The deadline for written submissions is 10 October 2016.

The Committee is issuing an open call for evidence, asking interested parties and stakeholders to submit evidence on any impact of the UK's proposed withdrawal from the EU on the human rights framework and protection of human rights in the UK. This is to ensure that the Committee does not exclude any relevant but hitherto undisclosed issues.

For more information and details as to how to submit evidence, please click here.