While the Leave campaign want to blur the arguments about where British black and minority ethnic communities stand on the upcoming EU referendum – Chuka and his BME Labour colleagues have set the record straight.
They believe that:
- Being a member of the European Union helps us amplify the ‘Great’ in Great Britain because our country is stronger, safer and better off in the European Union, rather than isolated outside it.
- Those who argue we should leave like to set the UK’s membership of the EU against our membership of the Commonwealth, but this is a false choice. Our participation in both is important.
- At home the EU has led to ethnic minority Britons having a range of protections at work including against discrimination – as well as support for business and access to the single market.
- Leaving the EU would put all of this at risk and would be a leap into the dark, not least because the Leave campaigns cannot tell us what ‘out’ looks like.
- Because they have failed to put a convincing economic case for our exit from the EU, the Leave campaigns now seek to anchor their arguments around immigration. This is not surprising – it is straight from the UKIP playbook.
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