Speaking on this morning’s Andrew Marr Show, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove admitted that workers’ rights could diverge – i.e. become worse than EU rights – under May’s botched deal.
Michael Gove said: “I think the right thing to do is argue for this deal because it is better [than EFTA].
“As Barry Gardiner pointed out earlier it allows us to diverge in a number of areas.
“One of the reasons why some people on the Labour benches don’t like it is because they recognise there is flexibility for Britain in a huge swathe of its economy as a result of this deal and they don’t want to see that flexibility.”
Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said“Michael Gove has let the cat out the bag and admitted that under his government’s botched deal rights for UK workers would get worse. That’s completely unacceptable and a key reason why Labour will vote against this damaging deal.”