The Leader of the Labour Party’s campaign to stay in the European Union, Alan Johnson, has warned of the implications of a vote to leave, suggesting that it would leave Britain ‘in isolation’.
The former cabinet minister, who was Health Secretary and Home Secretary amongst various front bench roles in the last Labour Government, said that those who wished to leave the EU had not set out a vision of life outside, asking; “What are we going to be, the 51st state of America? Are we going to be a free market off-shore Singapore in Europe? Are we going to be this sepia tinted world of the 1950s?"
Johnson then suggested that the security of staying in the EU would be beneficial; “No one can argue that people don’t know what it's like to be in the EU. They have had experience of being in, they don't know what its like wrenching themselves away.”
Johnson’s warning comes after an independent study commission by Britain Stronger in Europe suggested that Britain’s GDP would be £58bn larger if it committed to staying in the EU, with the trade deals offered by continued membership expanding the North East’s and the rest of the UK’s economy by 2.8% a year.