This morning Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has confirmed that Labour would seek to keep freedom of movement rules after we have left the EU, describing it as a ‘workers’ right.’
Writing the foreword to a new book called ‘Free Movement and Beyond: Setting the Agenda for Brexit Britain’, she said: ‘the demagogic campaign against foreigners that was first championed by Ukip and is now mainstream Tory policy obscures a key point. It is important to remember that freedom of movement is a workers’ right’.
This comes just days after Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary appeared to suggest freedom of movement would end, before failing to say that this was one of Labour’s key tests for Brexit.
Nusrat Ghani MP, a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said:
“This shows just how out of touch Labour are with the concerns of ordinary working people. As we negotiate a new partnership with the European Union, the Conservatives will make sure we have control over our borders.”