MEMBERS of the Evesham Labour Party welcomed Ann Black, a member of the party’s National Executive Committee, to the first of a series of monthly meetings.
The EU was high on the agenda at the meeting on Tuesday, February 2, where Ms Black said Labour is ‘far more united’ than the Conservatives, with all the Shadow Cabinet and 90 per cent of MPs supporting staying in the EU.
She also insisted that leaving the EU would leave the UK as an ‘isolated island’ with lower status and less influence on far-reaching international decisions, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
“We hear constantly about how Brussels is bad for us, but little about the benefits. These benefits include access to a much larger market with the jobs and investment that go with it,” said Ms Black.
“We can also deal with the threat of climate change collectively, which is essential in minimising the threat to the planet. On economic issues like tax, being a member of a larger body like the EU enables us to take on the giant companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Starbucks.
“It also means we can deal with the growing challenge of refugees, as 28 countries share the need to provide, at least temporarily, safety and shelter to those fleeing war and famine.
“Parties like UKIP fail to understand how important the EU is, although everyone agrees it can and should be improved,” she added.
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