Lucas – Government analysis on cutting standards provides glimpse of Brextremist future

The Government’s impact analysis of Brexit, published today, includes a section discussing how Brexit creates an “opportunity to regulate differently.” This section includes an discussion of different reports detailing possible policy changes in “areas of high sensitivity, like employment, consumer protection and environment.”

Commenting, Caroline Lucas MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“This secret Government analysis provides another glimpse of the future if the Brextremists have their way. It shows the Government is seriously considering changes to workers’ rights and environmental and consumer standards as a way of trying to mitigate the economic damage that Brexit will cause.

“Make no mistake: when the secret Government analysis talks about the “opportunities” of regulating differently, they mean cutting protections on working time, paid holidays, maternity leave and potentially lowering our high food hygiene standards in a desperate pursuit of new trade deals.

“No-one voted for a Brexit that results in employment, environmental and consumer protections being slashed. If that’s what Brexit means, everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether it’s the right path for the country.” 

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Notes to editors:

The full EU Exit Analysis can be read here. The relevant section on regulations is on page 15.