EU Referendum

EU referendum: European Union has caused poverty and unemployment, says Labour MP

The EU makes people poorer and left-wingers should vote to leave, says Birmingham Labour MP Gisela StuartBirmingham MP Gisela Stuart is campaigning for the UK to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23
Birmingham MP Gisela Stuart is campaigning for the UK to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23

 The European Union causes poverty and unemployment – and Labour should back leaving, according to a Birmingham Labour MP.

Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Edgbaston, insisted leaving the EU was the left-wing choice which a “radical” Labour Party should support.

She is one of a minority of Labour MPs urging the country to vote to quit the EU in the referendum on June 23.

And she wrote an article insisting that the EU made people poorer, saying: “I am puzzled that the Labour Party seems to have mislaid its radical roots. Why are we storming the barricades to be on the side of the FTSE 100, the status quo, and an institution that threw millions of young people on the unemployment scrapheap in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal just to save the euro?”

EU membership is also damaging the UK’s security by undermining NATO, the military alliance which includes the United States, Mrs Stuart said.

“The EU has to stop undermining NATO, believing it can replace it.”

She added: “We keep spending less and less, hoping the US will fill the void, but the US wants us to step up and provide capacity.

“The real danger is that the US may decide it is no longer prepared to underwrite our collective defence, leaving us dangerously exposed.”

People in Solihull, Coventry, Dudley and Wolverhampton also tend to be euosceptic.

But people in Walsall tend to support EU membership.

Views in Birmingham are mixed.

And the latest YouGov poll found that in the Midlands and Wales, 57 per cent of those surveyed who had a view said they would vote to leave the EU if a referendum was held tomorrow, while 43 per cent said they would vote to stay in.

The campaign to leave the EU received a boost when a senior business leader said the UK could have a “brighter” economic future outside the European Union if the country was prepared to weather the economic disruption of Brexit.

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