Explaining the reasons behind the report, Vicky McDermott, chief executive of Papworth Trust, writes:
“The UK is leaving the UK and Brexit means Brexit. The question now for disabled people is 'what does this mean for them?'.
“Despite the potential for significant consequences for disabled people, during the run-up to the referendum and in its immediate aftermath, almost nothing has been said about the possible impact of the vote on the 12 million people with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability who live in the UK.
“Both the Remain and Leave campaigns concentrated their arguments on broader issues such as trade, sovereignty and security. Rather little was said about the implications of the outcome for individual voters, and even less for disabled voters. For them, this is an important matter because the EU has been responsible for many initiatives which have had a positive impact on disabled people’s day-to-day lives, most especially in terms of accessibility, participation and anti-discrimination.
“Disabled people, therefore, have a number of concerns about the short and long-term impacts of the decision to leave the EU and about the policies of the government during the management of the transitional and post-exit periods. At the same time, the transformed political environment also creates new choices and opportunities that, if properly taken, could be directed to the advantage of disabled people throughout the UK.
“The purpose of Papworth Trust’s latest EU report is to set out these various concerns and opportunities. We have written it with the intention of raising the profile of these issues and identifying the related questions that need to be addressed by Government during the transition period. 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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