Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled a set of proposals detailing exactly how the UK will leave the European Union, some 260 days before we are due to leave the bloc.
The long-awaited Brexit White Paper, which sets out proposals for what Brexit could mean in practice, had already led to a string of high profile resignations, with Brexit Secretary David Davis leaving the cabinet, along with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
The PM says it “delivers on the Brexit people voted for”, however, some MPs have claimed it offers a “bad deal for Britain”. So, what exactly does the paper say about our rights?
In positive news for human rights fans, the document stresses that the UK should remain “underpinned by appropriate safeguards”, including respect for human rights.
[We must] be underpinned by appropriate safeguards; respect for human rights.
The report continues that the UK remains “committed” to membership of the Human Rights Convention, which was brought into UK law by the Human Rights Act 1998.
The Human Rights Convention is a series of principles that protect our most basic rights – for example, the right to life, privacy, family life and freedom of expression.
While not affected by the Brexit, some people have said that leaving the European Union could open the door to backing out of the Human Rights Convention – indeed, it was previously part of the Conservative Party’s Manifesto.
By Crimson Tazvinzwa