Labour should get back to its roots - and back Brexit

Suporting a Leave vote would be the right move for the party's working-class supporters, says John Longworth. 

My fateful Eurosceptic speech at the British Chambers of Commerce conference on the 3 March ultimately led to my resignation as Director-General. This is the only way I could speak freely on the EU referendum. As I left the stage at our national conference, the next speaker was waiting in the wings and he very kindly shook my hand and said how much he agreed with me.

That person was Jeremy Corbyn.

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Maurice Glasman: Why should Labour support the undemocratic EU? The case to leave

The origins of the European Union are, in many ways, inspiring and almost miraculous.  Co-operation in the iron and steel industries between France and West Germany was built on an economic strategy that gave not only dignity, but some power to workers, through the balance of power in corporate governance which gave a parity to capital and labour.  It recognised a mutual interest between nations that had engaged in two abominable wars in the previous forty years.  Co-determination in industry underpinned co-operation.  Extending this to uphold a non exclusively commodity status for agriculture, was also, in its way, sublime.  France and Germany retained human scale agricultural production and slowed the trend towards the elimination of the small holder. 

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Unilever joins Toyota “UK jobs won’t suffer from Brexit”

Unilever says its 7,500 UK jobs will not suffer in case of Brexit – Unilever, the consumer goods group behind Persil and Magnum ice-creams, has said it will not scale back its UK operations if Britain votes to leave the EU. The comments from Paul Polman, the chief executive of the Anglo-Dutch business, echo those of Akio Toyoda, his counterpart at Toyota, who said the Japanese carmaker would continue to produce cars in Derbyshire even if Britain left.

Oh dear! Stuart Rose gets his figures wrong again

At 0816 today, Lord Stuart Rose claimed 50% of UK exports go to Europe, and implied that our exports to the Non-EU BRIC countries don’t really matter.  Stuart, the UK hasn’t relied on the EU for half our exports since 1992!  Exports to the EU are only 43% and still falling.  The rest of world now takes 57% of our exports – and we have a £27 billion surplus with the BRIC and non-EU countries. By contrast, we have a £62 billion DEFICIT with the EU.

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