Female MPs urge May to review Brexit team's gender balance

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Female MPs urge May to review Brexit team's gender balance

Brexit will affect whole population yet there is only one woman in the core negotiating team, Labour MPs say.

Theresa May has been urged to review the gender balance of the government’s EU negotiating team in a letter signed by 56 female Labour MPs who say: “Brexit is now becoming just another job for the boys.”

The signatories – including Seema Malhotra, Yvette Cooper, Harriet Harman and Labour’s women and equalities minister, Sarah Champion – argue that leaving the EU will have a significant impact on the lives of the whole population, yet there is only one woman among the nine senior civil servants listed by the Department for Exiting the EU as members of the core team for the two years of talks.

“While women form 51% of the UK population, 32% of parliament, 50% of the shadow cabinet and 22% of your current cabinet, women form only 11% of the UK’s EU negotiating team – one out of nine. Our European counterparts, on the other hand, have women in nearly half of their team’s positions,” they write.

Click here to read the full article published by The Guardian on 18 July 2017. 

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