Jeremy Corbyn comment on the UK’s exit from the EU
Commenting ahead of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, Jeremy Corbyn MP said: “Britain’s place in the world will change. The question is what direction we now take.”
Describing Britain as standing at a crossroads the Labour Leader said: “we have an opportunity to shape our future role within the international community for decades to come” and called for a “truly internationalist, diverse and outward-looking Britain” and the protection of jobs, rights and standards.
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“Today we are leaving the European Union. There will be different views and feelings about it across the country.
“Leaving the EU carries out the decision of the referendum of 2016. But many of the most important choices about Britain’s future relationship with Europe and the wider world have yet to be made.
“Britain is now at a crossroads. As we leave the EU, we have an opportunity to shape our future role within the international community for decades to come.
“Britain’s place in the world will change. The question is what direction we now take.
“We can work with other countries to develop trade, improve rights and protections, invest in our communities, tackle the threat of climate catastrophe, fight human rights abuses and promote peace.
“We can build a truly internationalist, diverse and outward-looking Britain.
“Or we can turn inwards, and trade our principles, rights and standards to secure hastily arranged, one-sided, race-to-the-bottom trade deals with Donald Trump and others.
“We will always want to ensure a close, strong and cooperative relationship with the European Union.
“And we need to ensure that EU nationals who have made their homes in the UK are guaranteed permanent residency rights, as well as British nationals in EU states, and thank them for the contribution they make to our society.
“Leaving the European Union is only the beginning. Trade negotiations with Europe aren’t scheduled to start until March.
“We will hold the government to account every step of the way: to ensure jobs and living standards, rights at work, and consumer and environmental standards are protected as part of whatever is negotiated with the EU, the US or any other country.
“We are determined to defend the gains we have made with others on these issues in the EU.
“And we will resist a toxic Trump deal that puts our NHS, food standards and jobs at risk.
“That choice of which path we take for a post-Brexit Britain now lies before us.
“As we leave the European Union, whatever side we took in the Brexit debate, we now need to bring the country together to shape our common future, work to rebuild and strengthen our communities, and eliminate poverty and injustice in our society.”