Alan Johnson has hailed pressure from the Labour Party for David Cameron’s failure to weaken workers’ rights in the renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the EU.
Johnson, who is chair of the Labour In campaign, said that the party will be “united” in making the case to stay in Europe, as David Cameron announced that the EU referendum will take place on June 23rd.
“It was pressure from Labour that meant David Cameron has been prevented from trading away rights at work in this deal and we can now get on with our campaign to keep Britain in Europe.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the renegotiation was “a sideshow” and that Labour will focus on the arguments to stay in rather than the Prime Minister’s “tinkering”.
“Despite the fanfare, the deal that David Cameron has made in Brussels on Britain’s relationship with the EU is a sideshow, and the changes he has negotiated are largely irrelevant to the problems most British people face and the decision we must now make,” he said.
“His priorities in these negotiations have been to appease his opponents in the Conservative Party. He has done nothing to promote secure jobs, protect our steel industry, or stop the spread of low pay and the undercutting of wages in Britain. Labour’s priorities for reform in the EU would be different, and David Cameron’s deal is a missed opportunity to make the real changes we need.”
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