Britain could opt out of EU rules governing the hours people work, it was revealed yesterday
Monday October 31,2011
BRITAIN could opt out of EU rules governing the hours people work, it was revealed yesterday.
The “best brains” in the Foreign Office were last night drawing up a blueprint to claw back powers from Brussels.
The UK already has a partial opt-out of the Working Time Directive, but critics claim it is still too restrictive. Doctors argue the 48-hour week maximum is unworkable, leaving too few surgeons to fill NHS rotas.
Also under fire is the Charter of Fundamental Rights. This was the directive that ruled that offering women drivers cheaper car insurance breached equal rights.
Tory rebel Douglas Carswell said: “We do not trust Whitehall to deliver any new deal on Europe without a gun to its head.”