Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour MEP for the North East, has today called for a gender impact assessment to be carried out on the draft UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement before it is submitted for ratification.
This comes after MEPs heard evidence that the UK government's proposals for citizens' rights post-Brexit include using national insurance data to confirm the income and hours worked by EU nationals living in the UK. Those who don’t meet the threshold set by the UK government might not qualify for ‘settled status’ and therefore wouldn’t be protected by the provisions of the withdrawal agreement.
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP said:
“This will particularly affect those in unpaid, caring, and part-time roles, as periods of time out of paid employment will clearly leave many without the legal protections granted by the draft withdrawal agreement. Due to the high propensity of women in these roles, this requirement will have a disproportionately negative impact on them. Under article 21 of the EU Charter of Fundamental rights this is legally unacceptable”.
“This is why I have called on the EU Commission to confirm whether or not it will conduct a gender and fundamental rights impact assessment on the withdrawal agreement. We must explore every nook and cranny of every single piece of Brexit legislation to ensure that honest hard-working EU citizens who live in our country aren’t left behind as the UK leaves the EU.”
These concerns have also been highlighted by the UK based Fawcett Society: