Brexit

With the UK expected to formally leave the EU on 29 March 2019, even if there is a following transition period of some years when the UK is neither in nor out of the EU, UKREN is concerned that there will be a nagative impact on race, ethnicity and nationality as a direct effect of Brexit.

We are therefore putting together tools, training and events to help NGOs support more marginalised and vulnerable communities affected directly or indirectly by Brexit.

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The Charter of Fundamental Rights brings together all the rights enjoyed by people within the EU in a single document. The UK government as part of the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 will remove the Charter from EU law, although this will not take effect in reality until the end of the transition period following the UK leaving the EU. UKREN has written a e-guide for NGOs on what the Charter covers and how it can be used to safeguard rights, with examples from the UK. Should the agreement with the EU not be approved by the UK parliament then there is another opportunity to advocate for the Charter to remain as UK law. The e-guide is here.

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Hate crime motivated by racism, xenophobia and religious intolerance has increased since the EU referendum and may well increase again on the UK leaving the EU. UKREN has produced an e-guide for NGOs to help victims of hate crime and hate speech. The e-guide is here.

Training events will be held in 2019 for NGOs on how to support victims of race hate crime and how to run dialogue events with communities, police and local authorities. More details will be put here soon.

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Work is underway to empower vulnerable and marginalised EU nationals living in the UK by ensuring that they are aware of their rights, know how to access them, and are able to engage support from relevant NGOs. The highlighted rights are: employment rights; freedom from discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity or nationality; what counts as labour exploitation and modern slavery; and the benefits and housing assistance that a person may be entitled to, in order to help them out of a precarious situation and safeguard them and their families. An e-guide will be produced, followed by training workshops across the UK, and Question and Answer sessions. More details will be put here soon.

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Thanks to the Tudor Tudor Trust, Big Lottery Fund and Lush Charity Pot for the funding to help communities in the context of Brexit.


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