Sunday 2 December 2018 / 1:28 PM Jon Trickett / Workers' Rights

Gove admits workers’ rights at risk under May’s Brexit deal

Speaking on this morning’s Andrew Marr Show, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove admitted that workers’ rights could diverge – i.e. become worse than EU rights – under May’s botched deal.


Michael Gove said: “I think the right thing to do is argue for this deal because it is better [than EFTA].


“As Barry Gardiner pointed out earlier it allows us to diverge in a number of areas.


“One of the reasons why some people on the Labour benches don’t like it is because they recognise there is flexibility for Britain in a huge swathe of its economy as a result of this deal and they don’t want to see that flexibility.”


Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said:


“Michael Gove has let the cat out the bag and admitted that under his government’s botched deal rights for UK workers would get worse. That’s completely unacceptable and a key reason why Labour will vote against this damaging deal.”