Johnson’s Brexit Proposals Are Major Attack On Worker’s Rights, Environment,
Food Safety, And Health
With the news media in this country ignoring and not reporting the detrimental affects of the latest plan for the UK to leave the EU on worker’s rights, environmental and food safety standards; it is up to pressure groups, Trade Unions, and charities to raise the alarm and point out what really is evident in the plans submitted to the EU on a ‘take it or leave it’ basis by a UK Prime Minister known for his blatant lies and false promises.
Boris Johnson's Brexit plan scraps the "level playing field" on workers and environmental rights and food safety. The threat his proposals would pose to the Good Friday Agreement is of major urgency, but the EU's concerns go well beyond this, with Johnson seeking full regulatory divergence from Europe.
Today it was revealed that he has ordered the Metropolitan Police to use ‘the full force of the law’ against Climate Extinction demonstrators planning to appear outside Parliament in the next few days.
This is code for ‘go-in hard’ maximise arrests and of course, the use of violence against demonstrators will go ‘unnoticed and unreported’ by the UK news media.
This website has frequently warned of the true intent of project Brexit and now Boris Johnson has made it clear, by removing the “level playing field” negotiated in Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement; that the real agenda of the Tories, the ERG, and those around him is to use Brexit as an excuse for and enabler of major assaults on workers' rights and environmental regulations.
“The Conservative government has completely whitewashed workers’ rights from its revised stance on Brexit.
This so-called ‘deal’ will be as bad for workers’ rights as the threatened no-deal Brexit, and is a troubling sign of things to come under Johnson’s premiership.”
Evidence for that view, was provided by a Cabinet source:
“The level playing field has to go, and Boris is very clear about this. It would seriously restrict our ability to deregulate and do trade with other countries.”
Former TUC President and People’s Vote supporter Baroness Prosser commented:
With British negotiators being keen to abandon EU restrictions on genetically modified food – a key demand of American trade lobbyists.
This Tory government is ensuring that trade negotiations are kept secret and undemocratic. But, as this website reported earlier this year, Trump’s trade department has revealed what American big business wants out of the UK in a trade deal, including:
Allowing the sale of hormone-filled beef. Hormones used in US cattle farming are banned here because they are deemed harmful and even carcinogenic. But US farming companies want us to drop these rules and stock our shelves with hormone-filled beef.
The deal could intensify the climate crisis too by preventing different rules for dirty fossil fuels and renewable energy, and undermining the strong regulation needed to compel climate action.
In 2019, it may sound a fantasy, but noodles infested with rat hair and insects in chocolates and peanut butter are some of the fears of what a post-Brexit trade deal with the US could bring.
Business Insider has revealed that producers in the US stick to a'Defects Levels Handbook'which sets out the maximum number of ‘foreign bodies’ that can be in food products on the market, before the Federal Food Administration takes action, and of course with minimal resources.
“His [Johnson’s] top priority is a trade deal with the US. But this comes at huge cost to people’s lives and the environment. It’s no surprise, he’s been cosying up to Trump, and both have been singing each other’s praises. With a general election on the horizon and Brexit looming, it’s vital we stand together against a toxic trade deal with the US.”
Baroness Prosser didn’t, mince her words either: