As the UK leaves the European Union, the British Safety Council will be campaigning to ensure that the health, safety and employment rights of UK workers are protected, says Charles Pitt.

The political turmoil of last year may be subsiding, but 2020 will require vigilance and optimism in equal measure. There is now some certainty; the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, and the size of the prime minister’s majority in Parliament means that there will not be another election for five years.

Central to our work this year will be ensuring that whatever relationship follows EU membership, we protect workers’ rights and promote them here and abroad. But it must be more than just defending the status quo; as the UK heads into a new decade we must be more vocal in making the positive case to business of high standards in health and safety.

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