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Brexit and its international implications on religious communities in the United Kingdom

Brexit and its international implications on religious communities in the United Kingdom

Cinar, Ozgur Heval (2021) Brexit and its international implications on religious communities in the United Kingdom. RightsViews.

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The United Kingdom (UK) is frequently on the international agenda on account of Brexit. Finally, the European Union (EU)-UK Trade Agreement was signed on 31 December 2020. It came into force on 1 January 2021. Although the debate over the political, economic, social and cultural effects of Brexit continues to rage, its effects on the religious communities has not been explored. In particular, when considering the rise in hate crime following the EU Referendum of 23 June 2016, especially religious communities are wondering what is happening to the British lifestyle, traditionally founded as it is on tolerance and pluralism.

In a cosmopolitan country such as the UK where there are people of many different nations and beliefs, it is necessary for the state to take an active role in safeguarding. This freedom has a significant place in human rights in regard to the shaping of individual and social identity by enabling individuals to act in accordance with their consciences.

In the 16th century, England, realizing that religious tolerance led to prosperity, showed tolerance towards the Jewish minority, allowing them to contribute to the state’s economy. In 1647, the ‘Levellers’ (a group of English political activists) produced ‘An Agreement of the People’ in which they stated that liberty of conscience in the context of religion and the right to conscientious objection to military service must be protected. Moreover, in 1689, John Locke penned an important article, ‘A letter concerning Toleration’, emphasizing the necessity for equal state protection for all religious beliefs of whatever nature.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Modified by author OC on March 22 2021 and updated by MP on July 4 2021. This is published as a posted blog comment and has no PDF, or issue/volume for that matter. Pls follow the link to the article. MP 4/7/21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brexit, UK, implications, freedom of religion and belief, religious communities
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 11:11

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