UK PM to fight Brexit

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON,—Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron joined forces with a for­mer trade union leader on Thurs­day in a rare al­liance to urge vot­ers to stay in the EU, warn­ing that leav­ing posed a threat to jobs, wages and prices.

The Con­ser­va­tive leader and Bren­dan Bar­ber, the for­mer head of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) um­brella body, said the stakes were so high in the June 23 ref­er­en­dum that “it is right that the rules of con­ven­tional pol­i­tics be tem­po­rar­ily set aside”.

In a joint ar­ti­cle in The Guardian, they warned that the “eco­nomic shock” of a Brexit would see un­em­ploy­ment rise, growth fall, less open trad­ing lead­ing to lower pro­duc­tiv­ity and lower wages, and put pres­sure on the pound, lead­ing to more ex­pen­sive goods.

“While stay­ing in Europe of­fers work­ers in the UK the best prospects of ris­ing pros­per­ity, leav­ing poses what we call a triple threat: to work­ing peo­ple’s jobs, to their wages and to the prices we all pay in the shops,” they wrote.

The ar­ti­cle comes af­ter the gov­ern­ment made a se­ries of con­ces­sions to the con­tro­ver­sial Trade Union Bill, in­clud­ing on a mea­sure that would have cut union fund­ing.

It prompted spec­u­la­tion that min­is­ters had struck a deal with the unions to take a more vo­cal role in the EU cam­paign. Downing Street said the two is­sues were sep­a­rate.—APP

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