Bring it on: MEPs making the case for the European Union

08 May 2015

Responding to the outcome of the General Election Labour Members of the European Parliament for the North East of England, Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen, have pledged to make the case for the European Union (EU) across the region over the coming months.

Jude Kirton-Darling said “There will now be a Tory led Government and as such we are ready for a likely referendum on European Union membership. We have been making the case for our membership of the EU since we started running for election and we’re going to continue to do that regardless of the outcome of this election.

It’s now been a year since we were elected and we’ve been working hard in the European Parliament on issues that matter in our region. We’ve supported plans which will reduce credit card fees, make roads safer from dangerous lorries and unlock hundreds of millions of pounds of investment for the North East. Being in the EU is about getting involved and working with others to get a good deal, not standing on the sidelines threatening people. Europe can change if you set about changing it and we want a European Union that is set on ending austerity across the continent by creating jobs and investment.

Paul Brannen said “Labour went into the General Election with a pledge to focus on reforming the EU in a way which works for people, rather than having the distraction of a referendum. We’ll make a positive case in that referendum but we also need to get on with the job at hand which is making the EU work better for the North East.

A poll this week showed that 34% of people would definitely vote to stay in the EU compared to 18% would definitely vote to leave. Much to UKIP and the Tories annoyance the more they talk down the EU the more popular it appears to be getting. We’re making the case for the European Union and we’ll keep making the case for the EU.

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