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Leaving the EU risks women's rights

A new report by the TUC says that leaving the European Union could turn the clock back on women's rights, hitting equal pay and protection against pregnancy discrimination.

Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, said:

"We can't let Brexit turn the clock back on hard won rights for women.

“The EU has been a powerful force for women’s rights over the past few decades – giving part-time workers equal rights in the workplace, ensuring access to maternity pay and making sure women are able to attend doctors appointments whilst they’re pregnant.

“Leave campaigners claim that British women have nothing to worry about when it comes to Brexit – but the truth is that many of them have campaigned vigorously and doggedly against legislation that has helped put women on an even kilter with men.

“The Leave campaign can’t be trusted on the economy, can’t be trusted on the NHS and certainly can’t be trusted when it comes to women’s rights. Let’s not allow them to turn back the clock for Britain’s women.

“Europe's not perfect, but we do far better if we work together than if we refuse and storm out instead. Local jobs depend on the EU. And our kids depend on us having a strong voice in the world in future. British families are better off and safer if our country stays in the EU than if we give up and go it alone."