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May committed on workers’ rights says No 10, as Brexit ‘war cabinet’ meets

Senior ministers have begun thrashing out plans for a post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal.

Theresa May is committed to maintaining workers’ rights after Brexit and Cabinet ministers are not expected to discuss EU regulations which limit the working week to 48 hours at a crunch meeting on Monday, Downing Street said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman reiterated her commitment to “maintaining and where possible enhancing workers’ rights” as senior ministers began thrashing out plans for a post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal.

A meeting of the Brexit “war cabinet” – formally called the Cabinet European Union Exit and Trade Committee – was taking place on Monday, with a full Cabinet on Tuesday, as ministers consider the relationship the Government wants with the EU.

The spokesman dismissed reports that Brexit-backing ministers could demand an end to the EU Working Time Directive, which limits the working week to 48 hours.

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Secretary of State for Environment Michael Gove arriving in Downing Street for the Brexit Cabinet meeting (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“I wouldn’t anticipate it’s part of the Cabinet discussion,” he told a regular Westminster briefing.

The spokesman added: “The Government position on this is clear – as part of the Withdrawal Bill those existing EU regulations are being moved over into UK law and going forward I’ve got nothing to add beyond the Prime Minister’s stated words that she’s committed to maintaining and where possible enhancing workers’ rights.”

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