Brexit Secretary questioned about employment law intentions

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Posted on 18 Oct 2016

The Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry MP and Shadow Secretary for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer, have written to the Secretary for Exiting the European Union, David Davis MP, raising questions concerning Brexit.

Questions concerning employment law include whether the Government will:

  • guarantee that all existing employment rights underpinned by EU law, including rights derived from case law, will be retained for the long-term and not watered down
  • guarantee that no existing employment rights will be put “on the table” when it comes to negotiating trade deals or when seeking to incentivise multinational companies to invest or become or remain headquartered in the UK
  • rule out any plans to place a cap on discrimination compensation
  • give a legally binding guarantee that citizens of other EU countries currently living and working in the UK and using public services will be able to continue to do so unaffected by Brexit, with reciprocal guarantees for UK citizens currently living elsewhere in Europe. 

In the meantime the House of Commons has published a briefing paper on the implications of Brexit for employment law.  The paper discusses the interaction between UK and EU employment law, the potential consequences of Brexit and the Government's position on the issue.

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