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Labour Campaign for Britain’s Future

Labour Campaign for Britain’s Future

Labour deputy leadership candidate Ian Murray has today unveiled his plan for a ‘Labour Campaign for Britain’s Future’ to build the closest possible relationship with Europe and to reform the UK.

As the most pro-EU candidate standing in the contest, Mr Murray said he will place Labour’s values of solidarity and internationalism at the heart of the campaign if he is elected, and said we should never rule out rejoining the EU in the long-term if it is in the national interest.

The proposal will initially focus on rebuilding bridges and restoring Britain’s global reputation after the damage of Brexit, as well as exploring how to reform the UK and bring communities together amid the threat of divisive nationalism.

In the short-term, Mr Murray said pro-Europe voices are needed to ensure that trade negotiations put the UK on the side of higher standards and not a race to the bottom with a Trump trade deal.

Following the end of the Brexit transition period, the consequences of the UK leaving the EU and the future relationship will become real and the Labour movement must make the case for a closer relationship.

This will enhance Britain’s place in the world and ensure that jobs and livelihoods are protected, and the UK’s economy can grow. The campaign will focus on fighting for workers in every UK community, Leave or Remain, so that Britain remains competitive on the world stage.

It will also involve building partnerships with countries and parties in Europe, including cooperating on the vital issue of security to make the world safer.

In the long-term, Mr Murray said a debate about the UK rejoining the EU is ‘inevitable’. He said Labour must never rule out campaigning to be part of the EU again in the future, if it is in the national interest.

Ian Murray, Labour deputy leadership candidate, said:

“A Labour Party Campaign for Britain’s Future will galvanise Labour members and the public behind a plan to reform the UK, restore our global reputation after the damage of Brexit and work towards the closest possible relationship with Europe.

“It will place Labour’s values of solidarity and internationalism at its heart, with a specific focus on rebuilding bridges with Europe in the post-Brexit landscape.

“Labour members across the country are concerned about the direction our country is taking, but it’s not enough to protest about the way our country is governed. We need to come up with ideas for action as we did in 1997 to combat the rise of divisive nationalism.

“We need the closest possible relationship with the EU and other European nations to enhance Britain’s place in the world and to ensure that jobs and livelihoods are protected, security is enhanced, and we grow our economy.

“This is about fighting for workers in every community, Leave or Remain, so that Britain remains competitive on the world stage. We must rebuild our relationship with EU countries following Brexit, and should never rule out campaigning to be part of the EU again in the future if it is in the national interest. It’s inevitable the debate will arise.

“The Labour Party is an internationalist party – we believe in solidarity and working together.”

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