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Boris Johnson's botched Brexit deal surrenders the rights, protections, freedoms and futures of the British people for generations, Labour MEPs warned today, adding the public must have the final say.

Richard Corbett MEP, Labour's leader in the European Parliament, said:

“By ultimately taking us not just out of the EU, but also out of the single market and customs union, this Brexit deal is bad for Britain and bad for Europe.

“This is a jobs-destroying, rights-threatening Brexit that damages our industry, agriculture, services sector, research and universities. It ends the rights of Britons to travel, work and live throughout the European Union. It risks the break-up of the UK.

“With this deal, Britain will impose sanctions on itself.

“Fewer jobs, fewer rights, fewer opportunities. A smaller economy. More red tape. Less money for the NHS. This sell-out deal bears no resemblance to what was promised in the 2016 referendum.

“The British public must have the final say, with the option to remain, and we will campaign to remain and retain the rights, protections, freedoms and futures we currently enjoy.”

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Labour MEPs: Brexit deal sells out jobs, rights, protections, freedoms and futures - the public must have the final say

Boris Johnson's botched Brexit deal surrenders the rights, protections, freedoms and futures of the British people for generations, Labour MEPs warned today, adding the public must have the final say....

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The European Parliament has voted for a report calling for more rights for workers in the gig economy, once again highlighting the stark choice facing the UK: more rights for all workers if we remain in the EU or losing our current rights under a Trumpian Tory Brexit, Labour MEPs warned.

The report calls for a coordinated EU initiative to ensure platform workers in companies like Amazon, Uber and Deliveroo have access to social protection and are guaranteed all their social and labour rights, regardless of their employment status, and to extend collective agreement coverage to platform workers. It also proposes action on many of Labour's Socialists and Democrats Group's key priorites, namely youth unemployment, minimum wages and fair remuneration, health and safety, gender inequalities, work-life balance and discrimination.

Online platform work in the European Union has increased by more than 25 per cent over the past two years to up to five million workers, with a third of all platform transactions performed cross-border. At present, platform workers in the gig economy are often not covered by social protection systems.

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on employment and social affairs, said:

"The proposals in this report will lead to more rights for platform workers, to ensure they cannot continue to be exploited by companies like Amazon, Uber and Deliveroo - all workers deserve the same rights, regardless of where they work or their contracts. In contrast, the Boris Johnson Brexit we may be facing would lead to a reduction in rights for all, with Tory ministers unwilling to respect Theresa May’s oral commitments on workers’ rights.

"Let’s not follow Boris’s Trumpian vision of the world of work, but take our inspiration from the lead of Californian legislators who have extended rights to all gig economy workers from right at the heart of Silicon Valley - the home of these gig economy employers. This is the inspiration the EU is taking and now is not the time to turn our backs on it.

"People did not vote for less security, less holiday, and no paid sick leave or maternity leave - this Trumpian dystopia was not on the side of any buses and is not what was promised during the referendum. The choice is clear: more rights for all workers if we remain in the EU or losing our current rights under a Trumpian Tory Brexit."

Friday, October 11, 2019

As MEPs back stronger rights for workers in gig economy, the choice is clear: more rights for all or a rights-destroying Trumpian Brexit, warn Labour MEPs

The European Parliament has voted for a report calling for more rights for workers in the gig economy, once again highlighting the stark choice facing the UK: more rights for...

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Labour MEPs have demanded urgent action to protect elections and referendums from foreign interference, manipulation and disinformation after the European Parliament voted today for a resolution calling for more to be done to defend national and European democratic processes, in particular election meddling and disinformation from Russia.

The resolution, which was initially proposed by Labour's Socialists and Democrats Group, calls for "monitoring of the impact of foreign interference across Europe" and puts forward plans to "address the threats of external intervention in our European elections". It also calls for the EU East StratCom Task Force, which focuses on disinformation from Europe's eastern neighbours, to be upgraded to a permanent mission, and calls on the European Commission to shine a light on "the question of foreign funding of European political parties and foundations" by external actors.

Nigel Farage's Brexit Party voted against the resolution.

Claude Moraes MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on civil liberties, justice and home affairs, said:

“There is continuing evidence of interference emerging in the run-up to all major recent national and European elections. Many of them favoured anti-EU and extremist candidates, using minorities and vulnerable groups like migrants or LGBTI people as targets.

“To protect our democracy in the future we urgently need reforms and ambitious actions at both national and the European level. Member states cannot address these threats by working in isolation, nor can private sector self-regulation solve it all. First, we should understand to what extent legal loopholes on the European and national level have been used, particularly in the fields of data protection, party and campaign funding, and cyber security.

“It is already clear that we need urgent reform of our electoral laws in several member states. I welcome improvements that have already been made by social media companies and the European Commission, but they should go further. The Commission should immediately address the question of foreign financing of European political parties and foundations.”

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Elections and referendums must be protected from foreign interference, manipulation and disinformation, warn Labour MEPs

Labour MEPs have demanded urgent action to protect elections and referendums from foreign interference, manipulation and disinformation after the European Parliament voted today for a resolution calling for more to...

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