Iain Duncan Smith condemns suggestion the UK workers rights are only safe if we stay in the EU

29th October 2019

Following the Government statement on the plans for workers’ rights after the UK leaves the EU, Iain Duncan Smith rejects the suggestion that the British workers rights are only safe in the EU, highlighting an European Court of Justice ruling that, with imported workers, puts business rights over workers rights.

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP speaking in the House of Commons, 29 Oct 2019

May I say to my right hon. Friend that the question from the hon. Member for North West Durham (Laura Pidcock) is completely at odds with reality? If Labour Members look very carefully at wanting to remain in the EU, it is the judgments of the European Court of Justice that Professor Mary Davis of Royal Holloway, University of London—a Labour historian—has said will be a thunderclap to the left, because, with imported workers, they put business rights over workers’ rights. So, if this case is exactly what they say it is, they should be wanting to accelerate our departure from the EU to get back full control of workers’ rights to the UK.

My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. He has done so much to promote social justice in the United Kingdom and he deserves respect from right across this place. What I would say to my right hon. Friend is that one of the EU’s own agencies, Eurofound—Opposition Members obviously do not want to hear this, because they are all chatting—ranks the United Kingdom as the second-best country in the EU for workplace wellbeing, second only to Sweden, and the best for work- place performance. That is something to be proud of.

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