Brexit negotiations: Protection of rights

As Parliament debates the Bill to leave the European Union, Equality and Human Rights Commission Chairman, David Isaac, has called for equality and human rights impact assessments to be included. “As negotiations begin over the terms of Brexit, any deals reached must be assessed for their impact on people’s rights.

"We are calling for equality and human rights impact assessments of every relevant legislative proposal to be presented to Parliament so all the evidence needed to ensure these protections are maintained is taken into account.”


The UK should not pursue 'special discussions' in key areas

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker recently said the UK may want to be more 'obliging' to certain countries to secure future commercial advantages. The EU is keen to maintain a united front and conduct central negotiations.

Meanwhile, a leading candidate to be France's next President says he will take a 'pretty tough' line on Brexit. Emmanuel Macron, who opinion polls suggest could win May's election, told Channel 4 News the UK should not be punished for voting to leave the EU but the EU's interests had to be paramount into the upcoming negotiations.


Germany warns City

One of Germany's most senior banking regulators has said that London could lose its role as 'the gateway to Europe' for vital financial services. Dr Andreas Dombret, executive board member for the German central bank, the Bundesbank, said that even if banking rules were 'equivalent' between the UK and the rest of the European Union, that was 'miles away from access to the single market'.

Mr Dombret's comments were made at a private meeting of German businesses and banks organised by Boston Consulting Group in Frankfurt.


The Scottish perspective

There are "no set of circumstances" in which Scotland could stay in the European Union as the rest of the UK completes Brexit, David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary has told Members of the Scottish Parliament. He added that there should be no 'easy assumptions' about how long it would take an independent Scotland to re-join the bloc. However, his comments appear to contradict the European Commission's UK representative, Jacqueline Minor, who said that there was 'no reason' the country would not be accepted into the EU.    

Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

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