There’s No Such Thing As A Good Brexit – But Staying In The Single Market Is The Least Worst Option

In Edinburgh South, over 78% of voters backed Remain in the EU referendum.

In Redcar, only 32.5% of voters said they wanted to stay in the EU: two different parts of the country with very different economies.

In my constituency, the financial services and higher education sectors are major employers and there is a widespread recognition that continued growth depends on the EU.

What cities like Edinburgh lose, cities like Dublin, Paris and Frankfurt will gain.

In Redcar, the local steelworks closed in 2015 with the loss of 3,000 jobs, delivering a devastating blow to a community that has suffered decades of post-industrial decline. The youth unemployment rate is more than double the national average.

Wonderful local MPs like Anna Turley in Redcar work around the clock to represent and improve their local communities, but these battles are not helped by Brexit and her successes are much more difficult to achieve as a result of Brexit.

Around 100,000 jobs in the North East are linked to exports to Europe, while European funds are injecting more than £437million into the region.

But the way I see it, and from talking to hundreds of people who voted Leave, resentment at the lost opportunities for a generation of people and anger with the London establishment fuelled the Leave vote – and who can blame them?

I can’t speak for other areas of the country, but perhaps we didn’t do enough in 2016, and over decades, to promote the benefits of the EU.

I don’t believe that anyone, no matter where they live in the UK, voted to be poorer as a result of Brexit. Yet that’s the reality we now face under Theresa May’s reckless plans for a hard Brexit that would tear us out of the Single Market and the Customs Union.

This week, Anna Turley was joined by four other Labour MPs from the North East to warn of the risk of quitting the Customs Union and the Single Market. They pointed out that the region is an export powerhouse with 60% of its trade with the EU.

Anna and I represent constituencies which made very different choices in the 2016 referendum. But we are united in our determination to stand up for the workers we represent – that’s why we’re in the Labour Party.

In Scotland, this week I was joined by the MP for East Lothian, Martin Whitfield, to make a similar argument. In Scotland, 80,000 jobs depend upon the Single

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Entertainment

      

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