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The Government has, today, published its White Paper 'The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union'.

At paragraph 123, it proposes that there be no regression in employment laws.

That means that no EU based laws will be repealed, meaning that TUPE, the Working Time Regulations, collective consultation requirements and much of our discrimination legislation will not be amended when we leave the EU.

I have previously predicted that we were likely to see three areas of change post-Brexit: (i) relaxation of the restrictions on harmonising terms and conditions following TUPE; (ii) relaxation of collective consultation requirements in redundancy situations; and (iii) much of the Working Time Regulations. The White Paper suggests there may be no such changes. But that assumes a deal is reached...