Leslie – this May Day Labour should oppose Brexit-inspired attacks on workers’ freedoms

Today (Tuesday) is May Day, marked by trade unions and labour movements across the world.

Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“The extreme Brexit being pursued by this Government threatens the hard-won protections for working people that are such a central aspect of European Union membership. The Labour Party should be straining every sinew to defend these historic gains.

“It makes no sense for Labour to do anything other than defend workers’ freedom to seek work across the twenty-eight member states of the European Union. When it comes to the decision to leave the Single Market, Labour must firmly oppose the likes of Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, with their agenda of deregulation and rolling back of workers’ rights.

“It is no wonder more and more trade unionists and Labour voters, listening to the arguments and seeing the risks that come from Brexit, are backing a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”

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Notes to editors

May Day has been internationally recognised by trade unions and labour movements across the globe since the bloody events in Chicago of April and May 1886, which began when workers on strike in Chicago for an eight-hour working day and an increase in wages were shot down by the police.