Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has made a keynote speech in support of the UK’s membership of the European Union. He questioned the need for the referendum but added that the Labour Party was “overwhelmingly for staying in”.
“The Labour Party is overwhelmingly for staying in because we believe the European Union has brought: investment, jobs and protection for workers, consumers and the environment, and offers the best chance of meeting the challenges we face in the 21st century. Labour is convinced that a vote to remain is in the best interests of the people of this country”.
He later added:
“You cannot build a better world unless you engage with the world, build allies and deliver change. The EU, warts and all, has proved itself to be a crucial international framework to do that”.
Some commentators had questioned the depth and passion of Corbyn’s support for the UK’s membership of the European Union, especially given comments he had made about the institution in the past. When asked by a journalist whether his speech was half-hearted the Leader of the Opposition replied:
“There’s nothing half hearted about anything I do”.