Tomorrow’s EU elections will determine who represents us in the European Parliament. Most importantly, they will also shape the debate here in the UK about our future relationship with the European Union.
Three years on from the referendum it is right that everyone in the UK – not just 650 MPs – decides whether the terms and conditions for leaving Europe are right for our country, or whether we should remain in the EU instead. During our internal party discussions I have been pushing for the public to have the final say on any negotiated deal (with the option to remain also on the ballot paper).
At this election, London faces a clear threat from Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party. They want to force Britain to crash out of the EU without any deal and, if the vote against their divisive and toxic politics is fragmented, Mr Farage could soon claim to speak for our community here and our country as a whole. I believe that only a vote for Labour can stop the Brexit Party from topping the poll in London.
Above all, these elections are about our values and the people who are willing to fight for them. Although our MEPs do not have a direct say in the UK’s Brexit negotiations, they are working hard to put protecting workers’ rights, tackling climate change and standing up for equality at the heart of Europe.
Only a vote for Labour will help to elect a progressive as President of the European Commission and only Labour’s allies in Europe are committed to keeping us in the European Union.
Please don’t let Mr Farage lay claim to our city and our country. Make your voice heard this Thursday and vote to put progressive values at the heart of our future in Europe.