Otley MP Greg Mulholland speaks out against leaving Europe

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Greg Mulholland Greg Mulholland

A Wharfedale MP has warned that leaving the European Union would put British jobs and security at risk.

MP Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West), pictured right, made the claim following the Prime Minister's announcement that the Conservatives, should they win the next election, would hold a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

That move by David Cameron, viewed by analysts as an attempt to appease Conservative backbenchers while heading off an electoral threat from UKIP, has been criticised by the Lib Dems and Labour.

Mr Mulholland said: “It is in our national interest to campaign for a strong Britain in a strong Europe – 50 per cent of our trade is with the EU and much of our global trade depends on EU free-trade agreements, creating 3.5 million jobs and attracting hundreds of billions of pounds of investment in the UK.

“The coalition Government has committed to holding a referendum over any future treaty that transfers powers from the UK to the EU.

“The priority at present, however, is to build a stronger economy in a fairer society.

“That job is made harder if we have years of uncertainty because of an ill-defined, protracted re-negotiation of Britain’s status within the EU.

“Europe is not perfect and is in need of reform, and I will continue to make that case.

“But pulling out would risk millions of jobs, leave us vulnerable to crime and terrorism, and weaken our voice in global affairs.

“It would put our jobs, our safety and our future at risk.”

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3:12pm Mon 4 Feb 13

ANY WHERE BUT HERE says...

This guy must be half manaquin, thats money for you,Taxpayers! We do trade with Europe we spend nearly three times on there products than they do on ours. The only business that likes Europe, cbi,virgin and the banks? Why would we want a second layer of beurocracy, These people in Europe don't get voted in and you certainly can't vote them out. Why is'it they don't want us to have a democratic vote? The country has never been in a worse state and who's responsible for that? Don't vote Tory,vote ukip let's get England back only then are we responsible for our own FUTURE!
This guy must be half manaquin, thats money for you,Taxpayers! We do trade with Europe we spend nearly three times on there products than they do on ours. The only business that likes Europe, cbi,virgin and the banks? Why would we want a second layer of beurocracy, These people in Europe don't get voted in and you certainly can't vote them out. Why is'it they don't want us to have a democratic vote? The country has never been in a worse state and who's responsible for that? Don't vote Tory,vote ukip let's get England back only then are we responsible for our own FUTURE! ANY WHERE BUT HERE
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4:13pm Mon 4 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

Cameron's offer of a referendum after the next election is a blackmail device to get more votes and meaningless because it has become obvious to everyone that so far he hasn't put a foot right (feel free to highlight any areas where you think he's done well). In my mind the best way of avoiding economic migration is for Europe to be working together to ensure that there are jobs for people throughout. At the moment the companies outsource their work to india and china because the labour costs are less but what that has done is created unemployment here which has driven down wages. Yes we'd prefer to have them jobs here and when workers become a worthless commodity here some may return but if some of those jobs had gone to struggling European countries there would be less need for them to emigrate and add to the employment problems of our countries. It is our nationalistic look after our country and sod everyone else mentality throughout the good times that has got us to where we are now. I don't see how more isolationism would help.
To see how easy a recently made redundant jobseeker finds it to gain employment in 2013 Bradford follow @BDjobseeker on twitter.
Cameron's offer of a referendum after the next election is a blackmail device to get more votes and meaningless because it has become obvious to everyone that so far he hasn't put a foot right (feel free to highlight any areas where you think he's done well). In my mind the best way of avoiding economic migration is for Europe to be working together to ensure that there are jobs for people throughout. At the moment the companies outsource their work to india and china because the labour costs are less but what that has done is created unemployment here which has driven down wages. Yes we'd prefer to have them jobs here and when workers become a worthless commodity here some may return but if some of those jobs had gone to struggling European countries there would be less need for them to emigrate and add to the employment problems of our countries. It is our nationalistic look after our country and sod everyone else mentality throughout the good times that has got us to where we are now. I don't see how more isolationism would help. To see how easy a recently made redundant jobseeker finds it to gain employment in 2013 Bradford follow @BDjobseeker on twitter. RollandSmoke
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9:26pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Not so simple says...

Mr Mullholland needs to realise that by being within the EU system we are currently bankrupt and have to suffer austerity.

Two words for Mr Mullholland...shut up.
Mr Mullholland needs to realise that by being within the EU system we are currently bankrupt and have to suffer austerity. Two words for Mr Mullholland...shut up. Not so simple
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