The date of the Referendum is set, the UK will vote on Thursday 23rd June, whether our future is with Europe, or outside Europe.
Now the Prime minister has finished his renegotiation, we can finally begin the important project of securing Britain’s future. I can think of few things more reckless than the behaviour of so many in the Conservative Party and government including the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to split the UK from Europe and take leap into the unknown.
Leaving the EU gives you merely an illusion of increased sovereignty, in reality it’s less power, less control and less influence. While leaving the EU would mean losing trade deals with 55 other countries, staying in gives the 200,000 British businesses that trade within the rest of the EU access to the largest single market in the world.
Politicians such as Michael Gove, Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and George Galloway are campaigning for us to leave the EU. The average European investment to the UK is £66m a day, that investment would be put at risk if we voted to leave, and I don’t want to see British prosperity risked for petty personal politics. The Conservative Party is split down the middle on this issue while Labour is united in campaigning to keep Britain strong.
London is inherently linked with Europe, in fact half a million jobs directly depend on Europe. London exports goods and services worth more than £12 billion a year to Europe, and London is home to the European HQs of over 60 per cent of the world’s non-European global businesses.
Britain is Stronger in Europe and I will proudly campaign alongside my colleagues in the Labour Party for us to remain a member of the most successful international project in the world.
I wrote late last year on why remaining in the EU is so important for our friends in the Commonwealth. EU membership is essential to continuing our strong Commonwealth ties.