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No Guarantee For Workers’ Rights After Brexit

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

GMB Slams Government For Failing To Guarantee Protection Of Workers’ Rights In Brexit Negotiations

Brexit Secretary today said his previous comments that workers should not lose their rights as a result of Brexit were a personal view, not government policy

GMB, Britain’s general union, today warned the Government had shown its true colours as Brexit Secretary David Davis told a Committee of MPs that his previous comments that workers should not lose their rights as a result of Brexit were not government policy.

In response to questioning from Labour MP Mike Gapes at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Davis said that the comments were a personal view rather than Government policy. The Secretary of State said there had been no explicit discussion of the issue at Cabinet since he was appointed by Theresa May.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said “David Davis's admission that his previous comments that workers' should not lose their rights after Brexit were a personal view and not government policy is telling. These comments lay bare the Tories’ intentions to make working people pay the price of Brexit.

“It beggars belief that protecting workers rights in light of the referendum results has not even been explicitly discussed by Theresa May’s Cabinet. The Prime Minister should now back David Davis and give a cast iron assurance that workers' rights will not be threatened as a result of Brexit.”

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Contact: GMB Press Office 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

 

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