During the passage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill through the House of Commons, the Government committed to providing a statement on the impact of EU-exit primary legislation on either the Equality Act 2006 or the Equality Act 2010. The expectation is that this statement will usually be included in the explanatory notes for the relevant bill. However, as the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] has already completed its passage through the House of Lords, and has Report and Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the explanatory notes will not be updated again until Royal Assent. I am therefore making this statement now, while the Bill is still before Parliament.
I can confirm that the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] does not amend, repeal or revoke any provision of the Equality Act 2006, the Equality Act 2010 or any subordinate legislation made under either of those Acts (“the equalities legislation”).
In relation to the Bill, I have had due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: