*Rejoin EU Party press release*
*Rejoin EU Party candidate to stand in Stretford & Urmston by-election*
The Rejoin EU Party is pleased to announce Jim Newell is standing as a candidate for the party in the Stretford & Urmston by-election on December 15th to challenge Labour’s “make Brexit work” fantasy.
Though Brexit has clearly failed and needs to be reversed, Labour leader Keir Starmer has ruled out re-joining the single market, the customs union and the EU, has said Britain can “take advantage of Brexit opportunities” and insists Labour can make it work. Voters in Stretford & Urmston need to know a vote for Labour is a vote for Brexit and more economic and political chaos.
Jim, who has lived in the Manchester suburb of Chorlton since 1992, used to be a Labour Party member, but resigned when Starmer said Labour would not reverse Brexit. He says he has become disillusioned by the Labour leadership’s growing retreat from progressive positions – especially on issues such as immigration and inequality.
Jim said: “We all know how badly Brexit is going. It has brought labour shortages and the cost-of-living crisis. Next year, the UK economy is forecast to shrink by more than those of any of the G7 countries – the exact opposite of what the Brexiters promised us.
“No agenda for progressive change – to include improved living standards, climate justice, a more tolerant and open society – can succeed if we cut ourselves off from our international partners.
“In or out, we have to interact with the EU, except that outside it, we get no say. Firms are cut off from their main markets, ordinary people are suffering from an increasing spending squeeze caused partly by Brexit trade barriers and we have lost key rights such as the ability to freely work, live and retire in continental Europe. Yet Labour has adopted the Tory government’s pro-Brexit position and you can’t get a cigarette paper between them – either on this or on much else, for that matter.
“That’s why I urge voters to support me, to increase the rising pressure on the main parties to restore our ties with Europe. With your help, we can send a clear message to Westminster we’re fed up with society getting poorer and becoming less tolerant and we need to re-join the EU.”
Follow Jim on Twitter: @JamesNe84400310
*Notes for editors:*
*The Rejoin EU party is campaigning to re-join the EU because we believe the UK belongs at the heart of Europe and re-joining is the only way to solve the problems Brexit has created. Brexit is broken and it’s breaking our country too. All the promises on which Brexit was sold to the electorate in 2016 are now increasingly exposed as fantasy. Far from bringing the promised reduction in red tape and bureaucracy and providing £350m a week for the NHS, Brexit makes trading with the crucial European market more complex, difficult and expensive and threatens to reduce funding for public services. Sectors such as farming, fisheries & financial services, supposed to benefit from Brexit, now face an uncertain future. If you agree Brexit is making our country poorer, less tolerant and less united, join us and send a strong message to Westminster that you want your EU membership back, along with all its freedoms and benefits.*
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