U.S. Brexit One of Britain’s biggest trade unions has accused Prime Minister Theresa May’s government of trying to quietly “water down” its commitment to protecting workers’ rights in its Brexit withdrawal agreement with the European Union. As May seeks the support for her withdrawal deal from Labour members of Parliament in a Commons vote this week, Britain’s General Union (GMB) has said that the guarantees the prime minister has made to protect workers’ rights ”are not worth the paper they are written on.” While May’s government vowed to “embed the strongest possible protections” of employment entitlements provided under EU law last week, GMB has said that changes in the language of the final Brexit agreement have significantly “watered down” human rights commitments and left workers’ rights vulnerable to future abuses. “Beyond rejecting calls for the wider range of social and political rights embodied in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to be embedded in U.K. law, the government went further by diluting the language in the political declaration to allow a future withdrawal from the [European Convention on Human Rights],” GMB warned in an analysis provided exclusively to Newsweek. “The language was modified substantially from ‘continued adherence to the ECHR’ (from the outline version 14 November 2018) to ‘continued… Read full this story
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