EU regulations are not perfect, but they are not ‘red tape’. They improve the quality of our everyday lives. They protect our individual rights as workers and consumers, our environment and wildlife and the quality of the food we eat.
EU laws were created with the support of governments of all political parties, when the UK was a member of the EU.
EU laws - that the government now wants to dismantle - protect us in the workplace.
They guarantee our paid holidays. They are helping to reduce the gender pay gap. They protect rights for people on maternity and paternity leave. They limit the number of hours we can be required to work and protect our rights if we face redundancy.
Laws at risk under the government’s proposals protect our environment by helping to tackle climate change, maintain biodiversity and keep air, water and beaches clean.
The EU has also put into law targets to halt the decline of animal populations like the otter, dormice, and dolphin. EU law has established 286 conservation and protected areas across the UK so that our wildlife can thrive. EU law has ended animal testing for cosmetic products.
The safety and quality of the food on our plates, as well as hard-won progress on animal welfare, is also at risk from the government’s plans to scrap all EU laws. Those laws, for example, prevent the sale of chlorinated chicken, ban growth hormone-injected meat, and protect farming and agriculture standards across the board.