Some have claimed Brexit will lead to a golden era of new UK trade agreements with countries like the USA and India. Trade agreements have profound implications for human rights, both at home and abroad, particularly with respect to labour standards. They can also be used to bring about reform in a wider range of areas if human rights clauses and dialogues are integrated into them, though there is debate about the effectiveness of this approach.

However, Britain might not feel it has a strong enough negotiating hand to insist on the kind of human rights provisions we might normally expect. It is vital we think of ways to ensure human rights are fully integrated into post-Brexit trade policy and make sure new trade deals do not lead to a reduction in standards in the UK or elsewhere.