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Brexit implications set out by Christian Institute

March 2020

Colin Hart
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Director of The Christian Institute, Colin Hart, has written about the implications of Brexit for the issues the Institute deals with.

Mr Hart said, ‘The Institute didn’t take sides in the referendum. We are supported by both Leavers and Remainers. But from whatever viewpoint, supporters have been asking about how Brexit affects the sorts of issues that we deal with.’

He said leaving the EU will not affect issues like bioethics and euthanasia. These matters have largely been left to individual countries to decide for themselves. The same is also true of laws on the family, education, drugs, gambling, and prostitution. So Brexit will not affect these areas.

Mr Hart said, ‘Troublesome goods and services equality laws came from Tony Blair in Downing Street, not the EU. All of them remain intact after Brexit.

‘These laws shut down all the Roman Catholic adoption agencies in England. They were used against Bideford Town Council in an attempt to stop its 400-year-old practice of starting council meetings with prayer.

‘They were also used against Ashers Baking Company, though the McArthurs ultimately won hands-down in the UK Supreme Court.’

Boris Johnson’s government has said it will keep the employment laws which originally came from the EU. These laws help protect Christians in the workplace, but the laws can also work against Christians.

The European Convention on Human Rights is separate from the EU. The Convention will still apply in the UK after Brexit. It has helped protect the freedom of Christians in several landmark cases, but there have also been times when it has been used to promote anti-Christian agendas.

Mr Hart said, ‘On LGBT issues the UK is more zealous than the EU. David Cameron pushed same-sex marriage. He didn’t need to. And on transgender rights it’s possible the UK (or Scotland on its own) will go much further than the EU after Brexit.’