I AM concerned by recent media reports that after Brexit one of the first pieces of so-called ‘red tape’ that the Government is intending to abolish is the Working Time Directive which states that people cannot be forced to work more than 48 hours per week.

People already have the right to work for more than 48 hours per week if they want to as long as they inform their employers in writing. This proposal will allow employers to coerce employees to work for more than 48 hours. It is also the thin end of the wedge.

Next to be abolished will be health and safety standards, food safety and environmental protection.

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Just what we said would happen if people voted for Brexit.

Martin Jones, Spennymoor