On February 8th, Marietje Schaake and Sophie in 't Veld submitted the following parliamentary questions to High Representative Federica Mogherini:
On February 7th, Bermuda became the first country ever to reverse same-sex marriage. The constitution of Bermuda explicitly prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Bermuda is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom and its governor is appointed by ‘Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the British Prime Minister. He is responsible for upholding the Bermuda Constitution and for other duties as assigned by the Queen or her Ministers’ (2).
The rights and protection of LGBTI people are core values of the European Union and also became an essential part of EU foreign relations with the adoption of the ‘LGBTI guidelines’ by the Foreign Affairs Council in 2013.
1. Is the HR/VP aware of this development and if so, has she already been in contact with relevant authorities, both in Bermuda and the United Kingdom?
2. Does the HR/VP agree that the apparent unwillingness or inability by the UK government to prevent the decision by Bermuda undermines both internal and external EU policy to uphold and protect LGBTI rights?
3. What explicit actions will the HR/VP undertake to continue to promote LGBTI rights in Bermuda and will increased funding be made available to do so under the EIDHR and/or other relevant instruments?