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A vote at the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament could signal an end to the British opt-out from the Working Time Directive. Of particular significance was the unanimous vote of British Labour MEPs to kill it. This is in sharp contrast to the determination of New Labour in Whitehall to keep the opt-out – at the expense of the British working class. The resoluteness of our MEPs, in behaving like real Labour representatives, has rightly been described as an “embarrassment” to the UK government.