Impact of Brexit on UK legal frameworks to tackle modern slavery
The UK’s withdrawal from the EU risks putting labour rights that aid the fight against modern slavery is in jeopardy according to a research briefing by the based on the findings of a report by Arianne Griffith, June 2020.
The briefing recommends that the current EU-derived provisions that enshrine and protect workers’ rights in the UK must be retained and strengthened post-Brexit to ensure the UK remains a global leader in the fight against modern slavery.
The paper goes on to say that in the context of COVID-19 and its disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable populations, the need to protect workers from exploitation is more urgent. It further argues that the UK government should therefore commit to preserving and strengthening workers’ rights post-Brexit.
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