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Government votes to scrap Charter of Fundamental Rights

November 22, 2017 10:10 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Commenting on tonight's vote which saw the government narrowly defeat an amendment on bringing the Charter of Fundamental Rights into UK law post-Brexit, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

"The government squeaked home, but we will not give up the fight to protect fundamental rights from an extreme Brexit.

"Ministers won't be permitted to weaken vital protections to appease their own Brexiteer backbenchers and ram through a Tory Brexit.

"The vast majority of people do not want to see a Brexit that undermines our freedoms, equality and privacy."
Ben Curd
Southampton Liberal Democrat Communities Spokesperson Ben Curd added:

"Speaking to a number of voters in Southampton and elsewhere, people gave many reasons for voting to leave the European Union. Not one of them has told me that they wanted to remove their own rights as citizens.

"By voting against common-sense measures that protect us from inequality, discrimination, and persecution, the Conservatives in Government are showing their true colours."