Corbyn solidifies stance on EU membership

Labour leader says he will not campaign for Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn has moved to end intensifying speculation over his stance on EU membership, saying he cannot see any circumstance in which he’d campaign for a Brexit at the referendum.

However, Corbyn did not go so far as saying he would actively campaign to remain in the union.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “We are having discussions to sort this question out. Basically, on the question of Europe, I want to see a social Europe, a cohesive Europe, a coherent Europe, not a free market Europe.”

He added: “What I remain opposed to is the idea that David Cameron could go around and give up workers’ rights, give up environmental protection, give up a whole load of things that are very important.”

The move follows Chuka Umunna’s resignation from the shadow cabinet, which Umunna said was in part due to “differences, not least on the European Referendum”, after Corbyn had failed to reassure him he would not campaign to leave the EU.

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