Commentators – including Norman Smith at the BBC, who should know better – are already saying Jeremy Corbyn’s support for EU membership is “tepid”. But they are missing the point.
Mr Corbyn is following Labour Party policy, as designed – and supported – by the majority of the membership. If only the Blairite right-wing mewlers who have nipped at his heels since last September would follow his example!
Meanwhile, David Cameron had to get in a soundbite about Corbyn supporting the UK’s membership of “a reformed European Union”, which is arse-about-face.
Nobody has reformed the EU, least of all David Cameron. He has changed the conditions under which the UK will remain in the EU – if it remains – but has influenced nothing else at all. On the world stage he is a bystander, at best.
Jeremy Corbyn has urged Labour supporters to vote to remain in the EU despite its “shortcomings” in his first major speech of the campaign.
The Labour leader cited workers rights, environmental standards and consumer safeguards as benefits of membership.
He stood by his past criticism of the EU but argued Britain must remain in to fight for social reform.
And he said he did not think free movement rules had led to “too many people” coming to the UK.
Labour Leave supporters said he was not reflecting the views of many Labour voters – despite his claim that the “overwhelming” majority of the party and the big trade unions backed membership.
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