Voting out of EU for benefit of public services
The arguments about whether we should stay in the EU or pull out continue to rage.
I am one of those Labourites who believe that we would be better off out because the EU seems to have been taken over by corporate multi-nationals.
A good example of that is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a deal being negotiated, largely in secret, between the US and the EU.
That would open up public services to privatisation, and make privatisation effectively irreversible. It will also mean the watering down of consumer rights, food safety standards, workplace rights and environmental protection, and the facility for corporations to sue national governments if regulations impinged on their profits.
If the Tories are in power, should Britain vote to leave they would sign TTIP, and if Britain votes to remain, they will still agree to it so we have a double-edged sword.
And what about the TTIP deal with Canada and the EU that has been negotiated in secret too?
Then there are the EU’s state aid rules, which limit the scope for governments to intervene to support our vital industries. The steel crisis is a tragic example. Labour is committed to bringing the railways back into public ownership. Under the present set-up, it would be hard to do that within existing European legislation.
Britain’s many failed privatisations and the damage done by the outsourcing of our public services shows why we need to get out.