By James Standish, JD, MBA – Today, there are those arguing that a Brexit will negatively impact Britain’s dedication to religious freedom. As we shall see, however, a Brexit is, on balance, more likely to protect Britain’s liberal attitude towards religious minorities than to harm it.
There will be risks to our human rights and religious liberty protections if citizens of the United Kingdom choose to leave the European Union. However, I do think as well that there will also be risks on our human rights and religious liberty protections if voters choose to remain in the EU, and we need to keep a balanced view on the Brexit/Remain debate over human rights and religious liberty.
The big argument for leaving the EU is that we would regain full national sovereignty and the right as a country to make our laws. However, what provisions will be made for religious liberty if we leave, and what safeguards will be put in place is a question that needs further consideration.