What Changes to Employment Law will Brexit Bring?

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David Davis, the new Secretary of State for Exiting the EU has stated in an article on the website Conservative Home that “regulation already in place will stay for the moment, but the flood of new regulation from Europe will be halted”.

He understood that some parts of EU regulation had had a negative impact on the UK’s ability to compete globally but confirmed that employment regulations were unlikely to be greatly changed.

He said: “To be clear, I am not talking here about employment regulation. All the empirical studies show that it is not employment regulation that stultifies economic growth, but all the other market-related regulations, many of them wholly unnecessary. Britain has a relatively flexible workforce, and so long as the employment law environment stays reasonably stable, it should not be a problem for business.”

He added that by “stopping the flood of unnecessary market and product regulation”, the UK would be able to significantly increase growth but without reducing the workers’ rights.

He said “There is also a political, or perhaps sentimental point. The great British industrial working classes voted overwhelmingly for Brexit. I am not at all attracted by the idea of rewarding them by cutting their rights.”

Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested we should wait until the Government has secured better trade deals before invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, the trigger which gives the UK’s formal notice to leave the EU and sets the whole process in motion but David Davis has said he would like to trigger Article 50 before the end of 2016.

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