EU and Domestic Law: Separation

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st July 2016.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Shadow Minister (Justice), Shadow Solicitor General 12:00 am, 21st July 2016

I listened to the answer that the Attorney General gave to my hon. Friend Nick Thomas-Symonds. Prior to being elected to this House, I represented families of people killed or injured at work. Most health and safety legislation providing protection for UK workers derives from EU law, and in his answer the Attorney General did not satisfy me that he will provide equivalent or better protection. Does he agree that workers need to be protected against injury, illness and death at work, and that workplace health and safety legislation is essential and not red tape? Will he give this House and, in particular, the families of those killed at work a guarantee that, at the very least, equivalent legislation and workplace protections will be urgently re-enacted?