References - UK employment law?

I work for a small company, most of staff has resigned and left in dec, now i have resigned too, our company is one of the worst company in uk in terms of work environment and managing people. I had an arguments with my boss in past. my prospect employer is asking for ref , My boss is treating me that they will... show more I work for a small company, most of staff has resigned and left in dec, now i have resigned too, our company is one of the worst company in uk in terms of work environment and managing people. I had an arguments with my boss in past. my prospect employer is asking for ref , My boss is treating me that they will give bad reference. in past when ever i had argument with my boss, i raise complaint to MD, my boss never take me to disciplinary or give any warring in 5 year of work tenure. what action should i taken now .. I have already resigned my current company, and if they give bad ref , my new company might take offer back.
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