When John Walker discovered he could not leave his work pension to his same-sex partner in the event of his death, it kickstarted an 11-year legal battle with his former employer and the British government. Last year he won, but his victory exposed the limitations of LGBT rights protection in Britain, campaigners have warned. Their concern is that these rights could be further eroded when the country leaves the European Union next year. White won his case under the terms of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, an EU law that prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. “He couldn’t have got the remedy he did and he wouldn’t have won his case without EU equality protections,” Corey Stoughton, acting director of human rights group Liberty, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
August 6 / Reuters