Harriet Harman: Staying in the EU could help guarantee women's rights

Surrendering some sovereignty to Brussels is a price worth paying to ensure women's rights, Labour MP Harriet Harman has said.

The former Labour deputy leader said there could be a major rollback in workplace equality rights if Britain leaves the EU.

Equal pay, maternity leave and job security rights would all be targeted by employers and the Conservative Party in a post-Brexit Britain, Ms Harman maintained.

She said the EU has forced British governments to move forward on women's rights, and Brussels is now needed to guarantee these rights.

"Sometimes they need a good old directive from Brussels," Ms Harman said.

"And if it comes to the question between having to put up with being told by Brussels what to do with directives, or having no rights, I'd rather choose the directives."