Labour positive about Europe

25 September 2015

Labour will be campaigning in the referendum for the UK to stay in the European Union. We will make the case that membership of the European Union helps Britain to create jobs, secure growth, encourage investment and tackle the issues that cross borders – like climate change, terrorism, tax havens and the current refugee crisis.

We will, of course, oppose any attempt by the Tory government to undermine workers’ rights. But Labour is clear that the answer to any damaging changes that David Cameron brings back from his renegotiation is not to leave the European Union but to pledge to reverse any changes by campaigning to stay in and get a Labour Government elected in 2020.

Labour wants to see change in Europe and we will make the case through the EPLP, our relationships with sister social democratic parties and by engaging with other EU countries and social movements.

Q&A

How will Labour be campaigning in the referendum?

Labour will be campaigning for Britain to remain in the European Union.

So will Labour be campaigning to stay in regardless of the outcome of the Government’s renegotiation?

Yes. We believe that Britain is better off staying in Europe, and any unacceptable changes the Government makes as part of its renegotiation, we will commit to reverse when we have the opportunity by campaigning for change within the EU.  

What is the official status of the Labour campaign to remain in the European Union?

Alan Johnson is leading Labour’s official campaign to remain in the European Union.

The Labour Party will be campaigning for the UK to remain in the EU because of the benefits it brings in terms of jobs, investment, growth, security and influence in the world.

What are the changes Labour wants from Europe?

Labour would like to see:

  • protection of the NHS from EU competition law
  • reform of the state-aid rules
  • the introduction of a red-card system (which means that if sufficient member state parliaments object to a Commission proposal then it doesn’t go ahead)
  • reform of the EU budget
  • increased flexibility on transitional controls; and
  • protection of workers’ rights.

The only way to get these changes is to be positive Europeans and work with our EU partners to ensure that Europe adapts to a changing world.

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