Working Time 'opt-out' in jeopardy

The Working Time directive opt-out is in jeopardy after MEPs voted to scrap it in February 2009.
 
Although in the European Parliament vote, the majority of MEPs voted to scrap the UK´s opt-out The Working Time Directive, putting it in jeopardy.
 
However, immediately after the vote, Conservatives called on the British government to "dig in" to ensure the Council of Ministers does not back down on its position of supporting the opt-out. As the European Parliament and Council of Ministers now have differing opinions, they will now enter a period of "conciliation" in an attempt to reach a compromise.
 
Conservative MEPs feel that now, the British government must dig in and defend the opt-out. 15 EU nations now take advantage of the flexibility provided by the opt-out and none of them should back down. It should never be the place of the European Parliament to tell people they cannot work - particularly during an economic downturn. Scrapping our Working Time opt-out is even more nonsensical in today's economic climate than ever before.
 
This is a double failure of Gordon Brown. Not only has he failed to control his MEPs, but he also naively signed up to a package deal that saw Britain give ground on the Agency Workers Directive in exchange for our Working Time opt-out. His folly was to assume the Left in the European Parliament would not sabotage the deal. British businesses have been given two damaging pieces of employment legislation for the price of one.