By The Brief - 3 May 2016
One of the key reasons why most – albeit, not all – trade unions have backed continued membership of the EU is their position that workers’ rights, enshrined in European law, would be vulnerable to erosion if the UK were to leave.
Of course just what would happen in the event of a departure would depend on the complexion of a post-Brexit government and the nature of any subsequent trade agreement with the EU or, indeed, other trading blocs.
Looking at the balance of probabilities Daniel Pollard, a partner at GQ Employment Law, a firm in the City of London, said: “When it comes to employment law, dramatic change in the area through a Brexit is highly unlikely. Just as with Switzerland and Norway, this may be because the UK’s arrangements with the EU post-Brexit will prevent it, or because wholesale changes to workers’ rights are politically impossible.”