The Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign (LESC) believes believes it has not been in Britain’s long-term interest to be a member of the European Union.
The LESC has always seen its role to be one of monitoring what is happening, analysing the way trends are developing and influencing opinion within the Labour Party, the wider Labour Movement and beyond towards our point of view.
The LESC believes that whatever benefits the UK has received from membership of the EU have been swamped by all the disadvantages which have been brought in train. These include:
The very substantial net payments which the United Kingdom makes to EU budgets
The heavy costs both financially and environmentally of the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy
The large balance of payments deficit which the UK has had almost every single year with other EU Member States and excessive regulations from Brussels
We think that the establishment of the Single Currency was a disastrous mistake and, although the UK is not within the eurozone, the whole EU is likely to pay a very heavy price for the misjudgements the establishment of the Single Currency bring in train.
Above all, we are deeply concerned at the patent lack of democracy within the EU, leaving far too much power with unelected and unaccountable and bureaucrats, bankers and judges who can then pursue a vision for Europe's future which is increasingly out of line with what most people want.
The LESC has been in continuous existence since shortly after the 1975 referendum on whether Britain should stay in the Common Market, which the UK had joined in 1973.
Those who came together to form the LESC felt strongly that, although their arguments for the UK not remaining a member of the Common Market had not prevailed during the 1975 referendum, they were still fundamentally right.
Austin was Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby between 1977 and 2017.
Kelvin has been Member of Parliament for Luton North since 1997.
Edward combined many years in the teaching profession with political activism.
Dr Brian Burkitt
Brian was a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Bradford and Director of the EERU.
John Cryer MP
John has been Member of Parliament for Leyton and Wansted since 2010.
Eric was Member of Parliament for Walthamstow between 1970 and 1987.
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