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30 August 2016

Workers risk losing employment rights

British workers are at risk of losing many of their employment rights unless the Government draws up new post-Brexit laws to protect them, a senior Labour MP warns.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna warns that a failure to protect rights enshrined by EU law will amount to "a betrayal of British workers".

Mr Umunna, chairman of Vote Leave Watch, which scrutinises claims made by Brexit campaigners, writes: "You owe it to the working people of Britain to make clear that the pledges made by your Cabinet colleagues to retain EU legislation on workers' rights will be delivered."

As well as pushing for new legislation, he is urging a full audit of all instances where decisions of the European Court of Justice delivers rights for British workers, and a commitment to ensure judgements are retained post-Brexit.

He also wants the PM to reinforce Britain's full support for the Equality Act 2010.

Leave campaigners dismissed claims made during the referendum that leaving the EU would result in workers' rights going up in flames.

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