BUSINESS Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said he halted a post-Brexit review of workers’ rights because it was not a “constructive thing to do”.

He told the BBC’s Political Thinking that one of his first major decisions after taking over at the department was to put a stop to the employment review as he did not want Brexit to be about “whittling away workers’ rights”.

There had been reports that the Government was considering using the new freedom to diverge from European Union employment rules, including the working time directive which enshrines a 48-hour week.

Kwarteng recently took over as business secretary from Alok Sharma.

He said: “Before I was secretary of state, I think there was work looking at a review. I became secretary of state three weeks ago and I’ve stopped it.

“I don’t think that’s a constructive thing to do.”