Leaving the UK: Human Rights

The Secretary of State Was Asked – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th March 2017.

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Photo of Owen Thompson Owen Thompson SNP Whip 12:00 am, 7th March 2017

What her policy is on the protection of human rights after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Human rights have been protected in the UK since long before our membership of the EU, and leaving the EU will not change that.

Photo of Owen Thompson Owen Thompson SNP Whip

What assurances can the Minister give that any future trade deal that is agreed by the UK Government and the EU during negotiations will contain a commitment to human rights?

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

As the hon. Gentleman will know, the Joint Committee on Human Rights is looking at that issue. The Department for International Trade has given evidence on this, saying that it is constructing its approach to such agreements at the moment. This country has always been a strong supporter of human rights, and I cannot see that changing.