In 2019, CLC supported the ‘No to No Deal’ Brexit campaign, which called on the UK government to accept that a No Deal Brexit is not a viable option and to do everything in its power to prevent this possibility.
CLC has also been involved in a UK wide project consulting directly with young people in developing child accessible information on the EU Settlement Scheme.
In 2018, CLC undertook further direct consultation with children and young people across NI to seek their views on Brexit. A report outlining the views of young people following this consultation entitled ‘Brexit: Greatest Impact, Least Heard’ can be accessed here
Since then, CLC has continued to review the Brexit negotiations and raised issues relating children’s rights when relevant.
In 2017, CLC undertook a small scale piece of research to capture the opinions of young people in relation to Brexit. A report entitled ‘Children’s Voices on Brexit’ was written outlining the young people’s views and can be accessed here
Since the EU referendum in June 2016, the Children’s Law Centre has been working to ensure the potential serious adverse impact of Brexit on children on the island of Ireland are fully addressed as part of the Brexit negotiations.
We have been calling for children’s voices to be heard to inform the negotiations, no roll-back on existing rights, a recognition of the need to future proof for children’s rights developments and the need to protect the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement.
As part of that work, CLC and the Children’s Rights Alliance (Dublin) through PILA (Public Law Interest Alliance) and The PILS (Public Interest Litigation) Project engaged A&L Goodbody to consider some of the legal aspects of the impact of Brexit on the rights of children and young people across the island of Ireland. A copy of the research paper prepared by A&L Goodbody on behalf of the Children’s Rights Alliance and the Children’s Law Centre can be found here