Killen asked to clar­ify po­si­tion on Europe

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Ger­ard Killen has again been asked to clar­ify his po­si­tion on Brexit.

Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn re­cently said leav­ing the EU also meant leav­ing the sin­gle mar­ket.

He also said there would not be “whole­sale im­por­ta­tion of un­der­paid work­ers from cen­tral Europe in or­der to de­stroy con­di­tions.”

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey said: “Labour is deeply di­vided on this fun­da­men­tal is­sue.

“Jeremy Cor­byn has dis­played his ig­no­rance of Europe by, quite wrongly, claim­ing that mem­ber­ship of the sin­gle mar­ket is de­pen­dent on EU mem­ber­ship. That is clearly not the case.

“By us­ing in­flam­ma­tory lan­guage on im­mi­gra­tion to jus­tify his po­si­tion, Cor­byn has aligned him­self with Nigel Farage and Theresa May in sup­port­ing a hard Brexit and scape­goat­ing EU im­mi­grants.

“Mr Killen should be em­bar­rassed that his UK leader has made such deeply ir­re­spon­si­ble re­marks on im­mi­gra­tion – and that he seems un­aware of the dis­tinc­tion be­tween sin­gle mar­ket mem­ber­ship and EU mem­ber­ship.”

Mr Killen, who was pre­vi­ously asked about his po­si­tion on Brexit by Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown, said in re­sponse:“The Labour Party is fo­cused on achiev­ing a Brexit that pro­vides cer­tainty to EU na­tion­als; pri­ori­tises jobs and living stan­dards; builds a close new re­la­tion­ship with the EU; and pro­tects work­ers rights and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

“That is the man­i­festo com­mit­ment the peo­ple of Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West voted for and that is the out­come I sup­port.

“The coun­try and the EU is in un­charted ter­ri­tory. We need a deal be­spoke to the unique cir­cum­stances of the UK within a chang­ing EU.”

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