Labour and the EU: an open letter to Mr Corbyn
This is an email, not a blog post, about a new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4619, “Labour and the EU: an open letter to Mr Corbyn”. My letter welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s powerful speech of 14 April calling for Britain to stay in the EU, distinguishing between the Labour case for Remain and the Remain case being put forward by David Cameron and the Tory pro-EU group. But I regret that on this supremely important and immediate issue Mr Corbyn’s voice has been silent since 14 April. I urge him to give the highest priority to a vigorous personal campaign restating the Labour Remain case between now and the referendum on 23 June, and offer five specific suggestions for how Mr Corbyn might conduct such a campaign. The text of my letter was originally published on LabourList.
For the full text of my open letter to Mr Corbyn, and to read the comments of others on it, please visit http://www.barder.com/4619. Please write any comments, supportive or otherwise, at the bottom of that blog post, not in reply to this email (unless your comments are purely personal). But this is a letter about how the Labour party can most effectively contribute to a pro-Europe result for the impending referendum, NOT about the pros and cons of Brexit: there are plenty of other forums for commenting on that much larger issue, so please confine your comments to the narrower subject of my letter to Mr Corbyn. Mission creep into an argument between Europhiles and Europhobes will be disallowed!
Greetings from the cool sunshine in south London