"To 'Leave' would be a leap in the dark—a reckless gamble"by Angela Eagle / June 22, 2016 / Leave a comment
Tomorrow the British people will make the most momentous decision in a generation—whether to “Leave” or “Remain” in the European Union. This is not a general election to elect a government for four or five years; it is a vote to determine the future of our country for decades to come. The EU is not perfect. But for the sake our future prosperity, our economy and security, I passionately believe that we need to remain as a member of it.
First and foremost this referendum is about jobs and workers’ rights. The evidence could not be more stark. Three million jobs are linked to our trade with the EU. Nine out of ten economists agree that we are better off within the EU, and have argued that leaving the EU would be a threat to jobs and the economy. There is also no doubt that isolation from Europe would result in a bonfire of workers’ rights. “Leave” campaigners, in an unholy alliance, refer casually to the “burdens” and “red tape” that we could slash on leaving—we are yet to be told whether this “red tape” consists of holiday pay, maternity leave, or other vital protections that the EU guarantees.
But as well as the economic case, this vote is also about what sort of country we want Britain to be for generations to come. The vision of Britain put forward by Nigel Farage and his fellow Brexiteers is a toxic blend of division and isolation. The “Leave” campaign’s rhetoric has at times been irresponsible and dangerous—most notoriously with Farage’s poster depicting Syrian refugees fleeing war under a headline screaming “Breaking Point.” It has now emerged that Vote Leave have received a large donation from a former BNP member. This is not the Britain I know, and it is not the Britain I want to live in.
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