The process and potential impact around the UK leaving the European Union raises significant concerns across civil society. However, many organisations feel that they have little opportunity to influence the debate, law or policy.
In May 2019, civil society from across the UK met in Belfast to discuss Brexit impacts. The conference was organised by the Civil Society Brexit Project coordinated by the Human Rights Consortium Scotland, together with partners the Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit and the Human Rights Consortium in Northern Ireland, funded by the Legal Education Foundation.
Big issues raised by participants included the constitutional impact and the way in which governments and organisations cooperate across devolution. The impact of Brexit on EU citizens and our understanding of citizenship, on protection of rights, and on particular groups such as women and children were explored, amongst others.
This report gives a helpful overview of the many issues and concerns raised at this conference:
You can also watch it! Here are short films from conference delegates:
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