The IN campaign: Neena Gill & Jeremy Corbyn

neena 3 gillIn her latest newsletter, MEP Neena Gill circulates her thoughts on the forthcoming referendum on which the Labour Party stands united in its support for the EU.

She says – correctly – that the EU isn’t perfect and some changes are needed – adding they can only be made by having a seat at the table.

Jeremy Corbyn has been in Brussels to continue discussions about the issues with Labour MPs and socialists from other countries, which began after his election in 2015.

He emphasises the vital importance of the EU’s strong track record on human rights and workers’ rights and the need to remain the EU to protect these, stressing that the IN campaign will stand up for rights in the workplace, champion equality and challenge unfair discrimination.

JC meeting european socialist leaders 15Arriving for a meeting with other socialist leaders in Brussels, 2015

Corbyn also argues that the EU brought investments and jobs for workers and consumers in Britain. The European Union, in his words, is a core framework for cooperation and trade in the 21st century.

He points out that Labour’s IN campaign is quite different from the Conservatives’ as it advocates an end to EU-backed austerity regime and rules designed to enforce market competition, including parts of the giant EU-US TTIP free trade deal backed by the Cameron cabinet.

Though agreeing with Neena Gill on the need for EU reform, Jeremy Corbyn made no reference, on this occasion, to the fact that auditors have not approved the EU’s accounts for many years, but focussed on the need to ensure that it includes more democracy, safeguarding workers’ rights and stopping enforced privatisation of public services, in short: “It has to be based on the rights of people all across Europe”.


Jeremy Corbyn added that, during a previous visit to Brussels, a socialist colleague had told him: “We are discussing the future of a continent and one English Tory has reduced it to the issue of taking away benefits from workers and children”.

A Moseley reader sent a thought-provoking email: “I’m voting to leave, by the way. Once Cameron stupidly promised a referendum the only result is that we should vote to leave or be subject to all the whims of a European Parliament. If we vote to remain we should: 

  • give the Palace of Westminster to the National Trust,
  • sack all the MPs,
  • transfer sovereign power and currency to Brussels
  • just have regional assemblies to micro-manage local issues
  • and hand over the MoD to the Germans”. 



Posted on March 5, 2016, in Defence, Democracy, Economy, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party, Politics, Watershed and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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