The Social Chapter
has been implemented into UK law and these laws would remain in force after we Vote Leave, unless a subsequent Parliament chose to alter them.
Their essay is completed by a reprint of the important EU documents on social policy, such as the relevant parts of the Treaties, the Social Charter from 1989, and the Social Chapter
A Labour Government would opt into the Social Chapter
of the Maastricht Treaty.
The bill survived because the government postponed any vote on the Social Chapter
until after it was enacted, leaving ratification of the treaty dependent on the separate votes that produced such drama on 22nd and 23rd July 1993.
It's why, when a Labour Government was elected in 1997, I as Prime Minister signed up to the European Social Chapter
- to ensure decent terms and conditions for British workers including guaranteed paid holidays.
Those were the days of wine lakes and butter mountains, of an out-ofcontrol Common Agricultural Policy, subsidising over-production and dumping on world markets, and it was years before the development of the Social Chapter
, which brought with it legislation for workers' rights and equality.
Think of the social chapter
in Europe preventing a race to the bottom, preventing a dog-eat-dog competition between European nations vying with each other for the inward investment that's available by social dumping and by the lowering of standards.
If Britain was to come out of the EU, and remove itself from the Social Chapter
legislation, workers will never get it back.
ON BBC's Question Time the UKIP representative stated that his party would opt out of the EU Social Chapter
, as would the Tories.
They have apparently mooted restoring Britain's opt-out from the Social Chapter
workplace regulations, and cutting contributions to the EU budget.
One notable exception, or one person who hasn't come here, who has a lot to say about Europe and that's the UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron - the Prime Minister who reckons he can renegotiate, for example, the social chapter
He received backing from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which praised the social chapter
included in the EPA concluded with the Caribbean region and called on the African countries to follow the same path.