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Brexit will compound discrimination for people with disabilities - Anderson

27 April, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said Brexit will compound the discrimination people with disabilities face on a daily basis. 

Speaking at a Leonard Cheshire conference on disabilities in Omagh today, Martina Anderson said: 

"People with disabilities face many challenges: higher daily living costs, lower rates of educational attainment, and are more likely to be victims of crime. 

"Cuts to benefits also disproportionally affect people with disabilities and have been among the hardest hit by the Tory policy of attacking those most in need in our society. 

"Successive governments in London and Dublin have also failed people with disabilities with their failure to fully ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The Irish government's refusal to ratify the optional protocol has left the convention essentially toothless. It must be fully ratified. 

"We are currently facing the biggest battle in a generation for rights, equality and inclusion as a result of Brexit. 

"Brexit means the erosion of rights for people with disabilities. We cannot allow that to happen. 

"We need to see people with disabilities and those who advocate on their behalf making their views known and joining the fight against the unmitigated disaster that Brexit represents. 

"We want to see the creation of a rights-based society right across the island where the rights of those with disabilities, as well as everyone else's rights, are protected."

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