Brexit: What does it mean for disabled people?

The recent vote to leave the EU has many people concerned – the uncertainty about how this change will effect each individual has many people questioning the decision, and what lies ahead for Britain.

Brexit: What does it mean for disabled people?

However, we’re addressing concerns about what this means for disabled people. Mainly, how this will affect the EU legislation that protected disability rights.

As part of the EU, several acts were passed and maintained which are now under threat, including the Framework Directive for Equal Treatment in Employment and Occupation (2000) that was also extended to carers (2008) – this helped to protect vulnerable people in the workplace from discrimination. These acts were passed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) once British Courts sent the cases over to them – however, we are now unable to refer these kinds of cases, meaning that British courts now must decide on the outcome of these cases on their own.

Although there is still uncertainty about the effects of Brexit, our important legislation won’t be changed because of Britain no longer being part of the EU – The Human Rights Act 1998. This Act is enforced by British courts as well as the ECHR, but the ECHR is an institution that is not related to the EU, and has a far larger membership.

So although there are some concerns with the rights of the disabled, there are loopholes which can be utilised in order to continue protecting disability rights.

We know that the uncertainty of what the future holds can be stressful – so we’d like to help you with your later life insurance plans – feel free to contact us to discuss your insurance options.