In December 2008, the European Parliament voted to end the UK's opt-out for the maximum 48-hour week under the Working Time Directive. This is despite the fact that the Government appeared to have agreed with the Council that it would agree to the terms of the Temporary Agency Workers Directive in return for retention of the opt-out, see the press release on DBERR's website. The UK does not have a veto on this issue. The matter now goes to a vote of the European Council of Ministers and the UK Government will be entering negotiations with the Council to prevent the opt-out from being abolished. Given the history of this debate, it is likely that discussions will reach a deadlock. In any event, implementation would not occur before 2012. If there is deadlock, the opt-out is likely to continue, however if it is removed employers will have reduced flexibility to allow workers to work longer hours and may be forced to recruit additional staff to cover the work previously done by workers working more than 48 hours per week, often without additional pay.