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Questions over rights of disabled people following Brexit

Concerns about the rights of disabled people in the wake of Brexit have been outlined in a new report.
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Concerns about the rights of disabled people in the wake of Brexit have been outlined in a new report.

The disability charity Papworth Trust said there were both concerns and opportunities for people with disabilities, following the referendum result for the UK to leave the EU.

The report, Brexit – What next for disabled people? , found that disabled people wanted answers to a number of concerns, including:

  • Ensuring their rights, as protected under European law, are recognised by the UK.
  • Schemes supporting disabled people currently funded by the EU are taken on by the UK government.
  • Future regulations from the EU protecting disabled people are taken on by the UK.

Concerns about the rights of disabled people in the wake of Brexit have been outlined in a new report.


A disability charity report has revealed that disabled people have a number of
concerns following the EU referendum result. Picture: IStock

The disability charity Papworth Trust said there were both concerns and opportunities for people with disabilities, following the referendum result for the UK to leave the EU.

The report, Brexit – What next for disabled people?, found that disabled people wanted answers to a number of concerns, including: 

  • Ensuring their rights, as protected under European law, are recognised by the UK.
  • Schemes supporting disabled people currently funded by the EU are taken on by the UK government.
  • Future regulations from the EU protecting disabled people are taken on by the UK.

Papworth Trust chief executive Vicky McDermott said: 'We hope it will lead to a greater debate about the impact of Brexit on disabled people, so that we can all have a better understanding of exactly what comes next for us all.'

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