Source: Labour List UK
Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy will make a strong defence of free movement in a key speech at the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce this afternoon.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party included a commitment to end freedom of movement in its 2017 manifesto, and said it would be “subject to negotiations” post-Brexit in 2019.
The policy to back free movement in a Remain scenario and leave it up to negotiations in a post-Brexit one was adopted despite Labour conference having voted in favour of extending free movement.
“We should have been bold enough to defend free movement, and the opportunities and benefits it brings,” the leadership hopeful is expected to tell the RSA.
“We should have been bold enough to defend free movement, and the opportunities and benefits it brings. But this would have required recognising it has flaws, and not dismissing concerns as simply racist anti-immigrant sentiment.
“We should acknowledge that over decades governments have used the steady influx of skilled labour to cover up a lack of investment in skills and training in the UK and address this.”
Mounting a full-throated defence of freedom of movement, Nandy will add: “I believe in free movement. If it were paired with renewed and radical investment that enabled opportunities for young people, decent jobs, training and skills, then the same concerns would have fallen away.”
“I have fought for the rights of migrant workers in the UK all my life and, unlike Boris Johnson, I know that the so-called Red Wall communities do too.”