Equity has written an open letter to MPs urging them to prevent a no-deal Brexit, warning that leaving the EU with no agreement would be “catastrophic” for the entertainment industry.
It states that no deal is “simply unconscionable” and “must be prevented at all costs”.
The letter is signed by Christine Payne, general secretary of Equity, and is jointly written by other unions, including Prospect and the Royal College of Midwives.
In it, the unions state: “The political chaos of the last few years has led us to the brink of a no-deal Brexit that would have a catastrophic impact on our economy and society. The information we hear from our members in industries affected by Brexit makes it clear that no deal is simply unconscionable and must be prevented at all costs.”
However, it adds that there are “major problems with the prime minister’s deal that cannot be solved by minor tweaks extracted at the 11th hour”.
“Whether it is on the future migration policies, the relationship with EU agencies, or the simple lack of clarity around the future economic relationship, it is clear that the deal is deeply flawed and will not work for our members,” the unions write.
“Accepting the deal would mean dismantling the legal safety net that has underpinned employment rights in this country for decades, and replacing it with a set of empty promises from a government that may not be in office in a year’s time,” they continue.
As exit day is March 29, the unions urge MPs to use their votes to “break the Brexit stalemate and back a way forward that averts a no deal exit”.
“We cannot have more weeks of delay and indecision,” the letter warns.