Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson made a passionate speech about Britain’s place in Europe yesterday. As leader of the Labour In For Britain Campaign, Alan made it clear that there is no progressive case at all for Britain to leave the EU. Doing so would expose the country to greater risks.
Speaking at the Campaign’s launch in Birmingham, Alan told the audience: “There is nothing patriotic about condemning this country to isolation. The first duty of any government is to keep our country safe and I firmly believe that leaving the EU would fail that test.
“From the European Arrest Warrant to cross-border data sharing on terrorists, the speed of our response is vital.
“The lesson from Paris is clear: to tackle terrorism we must stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies in Europe. The security of Britain is inextricably linked to staying in Europe.”
He went on to say: “With challenges like the refugee crisis, terrorism and Russian aggression on the EU’s borders, Britain is stronger when working with our allies, committed to peace, democracy and international law.”
You can see the whole speech on this video: