TUC: Government must seek single market membership to protect jobs & rights at work

9 Dec 2016 11:07 AM

The TUC is calling on the government to protect jobs and rights at work by negotiating a deal to keep Britain’s single market membership.

The TUC says ministers should stop being secretive about their Brexit negotiating aims, and that working people need to know what the government’s guiding principles will be for the negotiations.

In a report published on Wednesday, Brexit: A New Deal for Working People, the TUC sets out the objectives trade unions want the government to pursue to win the best Brexit deal for working people.

The TUC is calling on the government to adopt the following guiding principles:

The TUC concludes that the best way to meet these objectives is for the UK to seek continued membership of the single market, at least as a transitional deal until a longer-term trade agreement is in place.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Working people need to know what kind of deal the government wants to win for them. Will it promote good jobs? Will it protect our businesses from a ‘made in Britain’ tax? And will it guarantee our rights at work?

“The biggest danger is reaching a cliff edge two years after Article 50 with nowhere to go but a hard Brexit, and a hard landing. Jobs would fall, wages would fall, and demand for British goods would fall.

“The best bridge to safety is making a transitional deal that keeps us in the single market. It will save us from rushing negotiations and making bad decisions. And it will give Britain the best chance to win a long-term deal that’s good for jobs, good for rights at work, and that lets British business trade freely.”

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