UK Trade Unions Suggest Plan to Gov’t Before Triggering Article 50 to Leave EU

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The UK Trades Union Congress (TUC) published on Tuesday a five-point plan for the government to implement before triggering Article 50 outlining the procedure to start an exit process from the bloc.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The TUC called on the government to have a clear plan in place to protect jobs, industries and public services, which may be affected by Brexit, and to guarantee all workers rights similar to those the EU membership stipulated.

"These tests [points] will make sure that working people do not pay the price for the vote to leave the EU, and will help get a fair Brexit settlement for everyone in the UK," the TUC said in a statement.

The congress also called on the government to hold a national debate on realistic options for post-Brexit arrangements with the rest of the European Union and with non-EU countries, so as to build a national consensus on the mandate for negotiations.

The other three points include establishing a cross-party negotiating team to include the devolved administrations, the TUC, the Confederation of the British Industry (CBI) and civil society, guaranteeing EU citizens living and working in Britain the right to remain, as well as make efforts for reciprocal arrangements for British citizens in the bloc and agreeing an all-Ireland deal on economic and border issues.

Brits voted to leave the European Union in a referendum that took place on June 23. Almost 52 percent of the voters supported exiting the bloc.

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