During Foreign and Commonwealth questions yesterday, I asked the Minister of State would he endorse the decision by Airbus who recently wrote to all its employees arguing that we should vote to remain within the EU.
Airbus, which employs 15,000 people directly and 100,000 people are employed through associated businesses, has told its employees that we should remain in the EU because we don’t know what out looks like. They believe that it will be a risk to jobs and economic growth if we leave the EU.
The Minister agreed that leaving the EU would cause untold damage to jobs in the UK.
But we must remember that there is more than just an economic argument to remaining in the EU, as important as that is. Leaving the EU would put at risk the safeguards that are in place to protect workers rights. These include paid maternity and paternity leave, the working time directive that ensures that we are not overworked and can get a good work-life balance, protection for unions, and most importantly of all the European Court of Human Rights. An institution that has ensured that the UK Government cannot ride roughshod over our individual liberties.