Murray – Lord Callanan negotiating Brexit like putting the fox in charge of the hen coop

Lord Callanan, the new Minister at the Department for Exiting the European Union, has called for vital workers’ rights enshrined in EU law, including the Pregnant Workers Directive, the Agency Workers Directive and the Working Time Directive, to be scrapped, it is reported today. 

Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“When the Government has promised that Brexit will not be used as a Trojan horse to undermine working peoples’ rights, it is disgraceful that the Prime Minister has put a man with a track record of wanting to do just that at the heart of the Brexit negotiations.

“Giving Lord Callanan a role in negotiating Brexit is like putting the fox in charge of the hen coop. This will not reassure anyone who fears that Brextremists will use our departure from the EU to pursue their dream of scrapping employment protections.  

“This shows just how important it is that the Withdrawal Bill is stripped of its undemocratic Henry VIII powers, which would give Ministers the ability to remove workers’ rights on a whim without recourse to Parliament.”

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Notes to editors:

Lord Callanan’s comments are reported here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/martin-callanan-new-brexit-minister-eu-workers-agency-employees-pregnant-women-safeguards-a8027321.html