Jeremy Corbyn and the EU

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Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition, and the European Union.

In 1975 Jeremy Corbyn voted NO to  Britain’s membership of the EEC.
In 1993 Jeremy Corbyn opposed the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty to form the EU.


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Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party MP.

From 12th September 2015: The Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom.
Jeremy Corbyn has been a Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) since 1983.

The UK joined the EEC (Common Market) 1st January 1973

1975: The UK held a Referendum to stay in or leave the EEC (Common Market)

Jeremy Corbyn voted ‘No’ to membership of the EEC, when Britain voted to Remain in the 1975 referendum.

The EU was created by the Maastricht Treaty on November 1, 1993.

1993: Jeremy Corbyn commenting on the Maastricht treaty: “The Maastricht treaty does not take us in the direction of the checks and balances contained in the American federal constitution. It takes us in the opposite direction of an unelected legislative body, the European Commission, and, in the case of foreign policy, a policy Commission that will be, in effect, imposing foreign policy on nation states that have fought for their own democratic accountability“.

1996: Jeremy Corbyn commenting on the European Union: “We have a European bureaucracy totally unaccountable to anybody, powers have gone from national parliaments – they haven’t gone to the European Parliament, they’ve gone to the Commission and to some extent the Council of Ministers.


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