Labour MPs have criticised the Government’s Brexit Bill, saying that the crucial piece of legislation fails to protect hard-won workers’ rights and protections in future.

Properly called the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, it is the agreement between the UK and the EU, which sets out the arrangements for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Labour leadership contender and Shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, accused the Government of pursuing “a licence to deregulate” the economy in the future. He cautioned that after Brexit the UK could use its freedom to follow other “economic models”, citing the United States where the holiday entitlement is 10 days.

Jeremy Corbyn also hit out at the removal of two clauses in the Bill, Clause 34 and Schedule 4, which had offered some safeguards for EU-derived workers’ rights.

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