A victory for the anti-EU campaign; the Guardian reports:
“Britain looks set to be able to relax the EU’s controversial working time directive after David Cameron agreed a framework for negotiations with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in response to the eurozone crisis.
“The UK will sign up to a revision of the Lisbon treaty – aimed at underpinning tough new fiscal rules for the eurozone – in exchange for an undertaking from Berlin that it will allow for an examination of the impact of the directive, which imposes a 48-hour (maximum – JD) week on workers across the EU.
“The tentative deal, agreed over lunch in Berlin on Friday, may allow the prime minister to sell the idea of an EU treaty change to his Conservative backbenchers on the grounds that he will be repatriating social powers to Britain.”
Keep up the good work, chaps! Forward to the abolition of all foreign-imposed employment legislation!