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U.K. Explores Reform of Workers’ Rights That Would Break From EU

  • Proposals include scrapping 48-hour limit on working week
  • Government says it has ‘no intention’ of lowering standards
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The U.K. government is exploring reforms to workers’ rights that would break from European Union rules, potentially opening Britain up to retaliatory measures from the bloc.

Officials have drawn up proposals that would scrap the 48-hour limit on the length of the working week, according to a person familiar with the matter, who said the plans are preliminary and that ministers have made no decisions yet. The measures were first reported by the Financial Times.