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We need closest possible relationship with EU

We need closest possible relationship with EU

Ian has said the party must fight for the closest possible relationship with the EU, warning that ‘anything less would let down the many people for whom Brexit is a disaster’.

He has called on all candidates in the contest to pledge to work towards that close relationship.

Ian, who is the most pro-EU candidate standing in the election, said Labour should never rule out campaigning for the entire UK to rejoin the EU if it is in the national interest.

Labour Movement for Europe nominated Ian Murray as their preferred candidate for Deputy Leader. It is one of the official societies affiliated to the Labour Party, and is the home of pro-Europeans in the Labour and trade union movement.

It is chaired by former Redcar MP Anna Turley and its honorary president is Neil Kinnock.

Commenting on the nomination, Anna Turley said:

“Ian Murray has twice been the only Labour MP elected in Scotland, which voted decisively to Remain. He has not only survived because of his ability to communicate and campaign but because he has spoken up for pro European values.

Ian was part of the successful court challenge against Boris Johnson’s unlawful prorogation of Parliament, the co-chair of the Labour Campaign for the Single Market and a strong supporter of a people’s vote.

He understands that even after Brexit our ties with Europe must remain strong.”

Ian said:

“I fought tirelessly against Brexit in every way I could, and I hoped today would never come.

“I will continue to campaign for internationalism and solidarity.

“Over the next 11 months our duty is to hold the UK government to account to ensure we get the highest possible standards in any future trade deal. Anything less would let down the many people for whom Brexit is a disaster.

“No matter who wins the Labour leadership and deputy leadership elections, we owe it to our movement to demand the closest possible relationship with the EU. I promise that I will work tirelessly to deliver that relationship, and call on everyone in the contest to make the same pledge.

“As a party we should never rule out campaigning to go back into the EU if it is in the national interest.”

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