Stoking up fears of an erosion of workers’ rights after Brexit is misleading and mischievous, Amjad Bashir MEP warned today.
Mr Bashir spoke out after he and other members of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee heard Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, the parliament’s co-ordinator on Brexit, offer his take on the consequences of Britain leaving the EU.
The MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber said the UK had led the way on equal pay, the living wage and workplace safety.
Mr Bashir, Conservative spokesman on small business, said: “If people are trying to suggest that Brexit will be seen as an opportunity to scale down the rights and protections afforded to workers in our country, that is misleading and mischievous. We have traditionally been well ahead of Brussels in these matters and I expect we will remain so.
“Some people are trying to create problems where they do not exist. We won’t be taking any lectures from Brussels when Britain is one of the leaders in Europe on health and safety standards. The rest of continent could take a lesson from us too on the fair treatment of females and minorities in the workplace.
“I know Mr Verhofstadt seems to think the world will only turn if the Brussels bureaucrats say it will turn, but in reality British workers will do fine without them.”