Fighting for the closest possible relationship with the EU
Labour deputy leadership candidate Ian Murray has said the party must fight for the closest possible relationship with the EU, warning that ‘anything less would let down the many people for whom Brexit is a disaster’.
He has called on all candidates in the contest to pledge to work towards that close relationship.
Mr Murray, who is the most pro-EU candidate standing in the election, said Labour should never rule out campaigning for the entire UK to rejoin the EU if it is in the national interest.
Ian Murray MP, Labour deputy leadership candidate, said:
“I fought tirelessly against Brexit in every way I could, and I hoped today would never come.
“I will continue to campaign for internationalism and solidarity.
“Over the next 11 months our duty is to hold the UK government to account to ensure we get the highest possible standards in any future trade deal. Anything less would let down the many people for whom Brexit is a disaster.
“No matter who wins the Labour leadership and deputy leadership elections, we owe it to our movement to demand the closest possible relationship with the EU. I promise that I will work tirelessly to deliver that relationship, and call on everyone in the contest to make the same pledge.
“As a party we should never rule out campaigning to go back into the EU if it is in the national interest.”