Once again, Jeremy Corbyn is right and David Cameron is wrong.
Cameron’s EU ‘renegotiation’ has been a farce from day one, distracting voters from the real issues regarding the benefits and drawbacks of our membership of the continent-spanning trade bloc.
This is a matter that affects all of us in many different ways – but the debate has focused on the obsessions of David Cameron and the Eurosceptics in his own party who he wants to appease.
For example, did you know three million British jobs are linked to the UK’s trade with Europe?
Half of our exports go to the EU; last year’s trade with the other EU countries was worth £227 billion.
What about workers’ rights? Did you know that many workers’ rights, including the right to holiday pay, come from EU membership?
The EU has also given us paid maternity and paternity leave, anti-discrimination laws and protection for agency workers.
But you don’t hear about that because Cameron is whining on and on about immigration and the benefits that other EU citizens get when they come to the UK.
There are better deals to be had, but Dim Dave isn’t making them.
The EU needs to be reset back as a trading partnership rather than a political organisation.
The issue of immigration can be handled with a rule change so free movement across borders is allowed if a country’s economy has reached approximate parity with the average (because people are less likely to emigrate for economic reasons if jobs and conditions are little different from their own home – “better the devil you know” and all that).
And the benefit issue was always a dud. Why not just legislate so that state benefits paid to EU migrants are limited to what they would receive in their own country?
This would make the UK less attractive, but it would also encourage other EU nations to improve their own offer to citizens.
So you simply can’t trust what David Cameron tells you about the EU.
Like all Tories, he is doing his best to leave you short-changed.
David Cameron should have focused his EU renegotiations on boosting workers’ rights and ending austerity, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said.
Mr Corbyn told a meeting of the Party of European Socialists in Brussels the talks were a “theatrical sideshow”.
He said: “David Cameron’s negotiations are a missed opportunity to make the case for the real reforms the EU needs: democratisation, stronger workers’ rights, an end to austerity, and a halt to the enforced privatisation of public services.”
Speaking after the PES meeting, Mr Corbyn said Mr Cameron had “brought an internal Conservative Party dispute to international proportions”.
He said Labour had made its backing for EU membership “very, very clear” saying this was supported by the “vast majority” of its membership.
His desired reforms, he said, were “rather different” to Mr Cameron’s.
“It has to be based on the rights of people all across Europe,” he said.
“I don’t think David Cameron has that on his agenda.”
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