„This is one of the largest improvements in the rights of workers of a generation that the government is advancing.” On 19 December 2019, the Johnson government published a revised European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) 2019-20 (wAB) law. An earlier version of the law was published in October 2019. The new WAB no longer contains clauses to protect the rights of EU workers. In the Queen`s Speech in December 2019, it was announced that the protection of workers` rights in the EU would be included in an upcoming employment law. Details of this bill have yet to be published. Workers` rights „watered down” in Johnson`s Brexit deal warned that Boris Johnson`s revised Brexit deal would threaten workers` rights and protection in the future. The concerns were shared by several union leaders. It should be noted that the government`s Workers` Rights Act of May appears to be exclusively a protection of the rights of EU-derived workers. On the other hand, the Queen`s Speech suggests that the employment law proposed by the Johnson government would cover a number of additional employment-related issues (. B, for example, the creation of a single supervisory body). Downing Street insisted that details of workers` rights would be included in a new employment law to ensure the country was the „best place in the world to work” and that they would not be diluted.
Nandy handed over to the government a series of rulings from the European Court of Justice to consider what his new status would be after the elections under the European Withdrawal Act. The new Brexit deal, reached this week, removed references to a level playing field from the legally binding withdrawal agreement. He stressed that Boris Johnson`s new agreement with the EU does not include workers` rights in British law. For example, the equal conditions of competition provisions, which underpin workers` rights and which are included in the 2018 withdrawal agreement, have „now moved to political declaration, so that they are not legally binding.” Overall, the clauses could have done two things. First, a minister should have discussed with businesses and unions the impact of the proposed bills on workers` rights. They would then have had to formally declare whether the law reduces „EU rights that are retained by workers”. Secondly, the government would have been required to report regularly on the new workers` rights adopted by the EU.