Generation Brexit

Potential Global Leader in LGBTQ Rights Post-Brexit

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Jessica Wang
Jessica Wang | 3 months ago | in LGBT+ rights

While it can be argued that the UK has been an “awkward partner” with the European Union for political, rather than economic, reasons – eventually leading to the Brexit referendum – there is no indication that the British public chose to leave the EU on the grounds of any anti-LGBTQ political sentiment. In fact, the UK has always been a champion of LGBTQ rights, as seen in the Equality Act of 2010 and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act of 2013.


On the other hand, nearly half of the EU member states have yet to legalize gay marriage, despite the fact that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. Once the UK leaves the EU next spring, it will be able to pursue a more progressive stance on LGBTQ rights, free from constraints of more conservative EU member states. For instance, the UK could potentially label anti-LGBTQ policies as human rights abuses, which would allow it to place sanctions on countries that blatantly discriminate. As an individual sovereign nation, instead of an EU member state, the UK will gain powers post-Brexit that could make it a global leader in social equality rights.

Jay Shin 3 months ago

I completely agree! I thought that Brexit would have little to no effect on LGBTQ+ rights, but I love the possibility that "the UK could potentially label anti-LGBTQ policies as human rights abuses, which would allow it to place sanctions on countries that blatantly discriminate."

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