Police officers' rights must be protected following EU exit vote

24 June 2016

Andy Fittes, General Secretary of the Police Federation for England and Wales, said:

“Now that the public has voted for the UK to exit the European Union it will be vitally important that we continue to work closely with the government and key stakeholders to protect those rights our members receive that stem from European Union legislation.

“Many of these have been incorporated into Police Regulations including working time directives, various elements of equality legislation such as paid maternity leave and parts of Health and Safety legislation. It’s important these are not affected and we, as will other large organisations, will seek reassurances that they remain unchanged.

“What other changes will take place and what these will mean for those we represent remains to be seen. What is important is that we are involved in those discussions and negotiations throughout.”