A LABOUR

MANIFESTO

FOR EUROPE

3. DEFENDING FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

Next week, Labour's NEC will be sitting down to decide what to include in the manifesto for the upcoming European Elections. In consultation with Labour members and supporters, we have come up with a series of issues that we believe Labour should commit to in the EU Elections Manifesto.

Agree? Email Labour's NEC below.

3. DEFENDING FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

Undoubtedly, the number one issue which the far-right used to win the 2016 Brexit referendum was Freedom of Movement. This isn't because Britain is a racist country, but because Labour had, for a long time before, vacated the traditional space of the left in defending the benefits of immigration, and the rights of people to live and work in whatever country they want.

From 'British Jobs for British Workers' in 2009, to the 2015 'controls on immigration' mugs, to the commitment in the 2017 General Election manifesto to end Freedom of Movement – the last decade has been a shameful one for the Labour party on the topic of immigration.

It is time for Labour to reclaim this ground. We will never defeat the far-right by pretending to be a slightly-less-bad version of them. We have to oppose their hateful rhetoric and empty promises – and we have to start with Freedom of Movement.

Labour must commit to defending Freedom of Movement in its manifesto for the European Elections.