A Number of Labour MPs Campaign for Freedom of Movement

A number of Labour MPs and trade union leaders have called on Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, to change Labour Party policy to support freedom of movement. A group has been created called the Labour Campaign for Freedom of Movement and supporters include Clive Lewis, David Lammy and Geraint Davies.

The MPs said:

“A system of free movement is the best way to protect and advance the interests of all workers, by giving everyone the right to work legally, join a union and stand up to their boss without fear of deportation or destitution. Curtailing those rights, or limiting migrants’ access to public services and benefits, will make it easier for unscrupulous employers to hyper-exploit migrant labour, which in turn undermines the rights and conditions of all workers”.

The Labour Party 2017 General Election manifesto pledged to end freedom of movement in 2019, although the party hasn’t announced what system would replace it.