Thank you for contacting me about the protection of workers' rights as we leave the EU.
I fully recognise the importance of strong workers' rights. That is why I am glad that the Prime Minister has said that workers' rights will be fully protected and maintained.
A Great Repeal Bill will convert current EU law into domestic law, wherever practical. This will guarantee existing workers' legal rights as set out in EU legislation and it will provide certainty to the UK workforce. I should also mention that the UK already goes beyond minimum EU requirements in a number of areas of employment law. For instance, we provide more weeks of annual leave than that specified by the EU and nearly four times the required statutory maternity leave. The national living wage has also been introduced and the Taylor review has been commissioned to review employment practices.
The referendum result on the 23 June gave the British Government a national mandate to leave the EU. The Government will deliver this mandate in the national interest. To this end, the Government is consulting with as many organisations and bodies as possible from across the country to establish the priorities for the whole of the UK.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.