New Brexit secretary wanted UK to ditch ‘draconian’ WTD and AWR

The new Brexit secretary has previously advocated repealing the Agency Worker Regulations and the Working Time Directive, it has emerged.

Earlier this week, Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson stepped down from their posts over disagreements over how the UK should enter negotiations on its final exit from the European Union.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May turned to staunch Brexiteer and housing minister Dominic Raab to succeed Davis.

In the wake of his appointment, the Independent revealed Raab had advocated repealing AWR, which gives temp workers some of the same rights as perm workers after 12 weeks in post and the Working Time Directive, which limits the working week to 48 hours, in a piece he wrote back in 2011 for Conservative blog site Conservative Home.

In his post, Raab called for the UK to secure an exemption from the “draconian” directive, which he argued “stifles flexibility – for employees and employers – costing the UK economy £3.6bn each year” and the scrapping of the AWR, which he said costs jobs and denies workers flexibility.

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