British government has proposed a bill amending an existing law and allowing female ministers to take maternity leave.
Jimmy Davis, a spokesman for the prime minister, said: “It is unacceptable for women to be forced to choose between resigning from office or taking time off to recover after giving birth.”
At the present time, the draft law stipulates “granting maternity leave for a period of 6 months to female ministers, one of whom may be in the future as prime minister, provided that it will be discussed more extensively in the House of Commons.”
This decision comes at a time when Minister Swella Braverman in the government of conservative Boris Johnson is about to give birth to her child, and the current law requires her to submit her resignation if she wants to take maternity leave after giving birth.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had expressed his intention to take paternity leave after the birth of his last child last April, but he postponed the matter for the time being due to the Corona virus epidemic crisis.