The campaign for the UK to stay in the EU has got a boost from an unlikely supporter.
At his first official speech on the EU Jeremy Corbyn called on voters to participate in the referendum, saying it was the best way to protect workers’ rights. But the previously incurable eurosceptic hardly gave any type of endorsement of the bloc.
“Over the years, I and many others have been very critical of many decisions taken by the EU and I remain very critical of its shortcomings; from its lack of democratic accountability to the institutional pressures to deregulate or privatise public services, so Europe needs to change. But that change can only come from working within the European Union to achieve it.” Voted against joining the European Economic Community (the EU’s forerunner) in 1975. Voted against Maastricht Treaty (creating the EU) Voted against Lisbon Treaty (amending previous treaties forming the basis of the union)
It appears somewhat strange to some, that a person who has always been entirely critical of the European Union, suddenly has a change of heart as soon as placed into a higher position within a party the leans more towards being Pro-EU.