Referendum Watch: Equality

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

Everybody loves equality – who wouldn’t? The EU has been a major player in equality for over 40 years. But what implications would Brexit have on the EU and equality? Read on to find out.

Brute Facts

  • The EU funds an agency for gender equality – the European Institute for Gender Equality (Source)
  • It has also passed directives requiring equal treatment of people regardless of ethnic origin (Source)
  • There is an EU-wide strategy for tackling discrimination against Roma (gypsy) people (Source)


  • The Remain side say that the EU has been responsible for huge amounts of progress in gender equality, such as the Equal Pay Directive and the Parental Leave Directive
  • They also say that EU membership gives people a safeguard on the UK Government infringing on their right to equality
  • Finally, they say that the European Court of Human Rights, which has often overruled the Government, is a separate institution entirely to the European Union – the UK actually took an active role in the creation of the ECHR


  • The Leave side say that in the event of Brexit, the UK would still have the Equality Act 2010 to safeguard equality
  • They also say that leaving the EU would give us more freedom to protect people as they need to be.
  • Finally, they say that the EU is innately discriminatory against non-Europeans and is therefore racist

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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.
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