TODAY’s speech on the Customs Union by Jeremy Corbyn is a practical response to Brexit.


As I set out in my Tribune piece on the vote, our current immigration system needs to change -; something people in Wrexham raised with me during the Referendum.

That piece also set out my concerns over the impact Brexit could have on Airbus, and from there, on the entire supply chain. A few weeks after it came out, Airbus UK’s senior vice president said China were “knocking at the door” to build wings as a result of the situation the UK was in. Such a step would have a profound implication for our area and our economy, and I am pleased Airbus are indicating they remain committed to the UK.

However, ensuring businesses like Airbus remain in the UK will require politicians working with them to ensure that they can continue to do business from the UK with an interconnected world.

As I have said, people want to see managed migration, and they want to keep British jobs. Today’s speech was a practical response from the Labour party, in the national interest, which tackled both those concerns and which respects the result of the Referendum.

It recognised the importance of maintaining links with the EU to protect jobs in key export industries like aerospace, whilst making clear that our present immigration system will change. I believe that that is what people in Wrexham want to see – and why those hardline Conservatives who would be willing to jeopardise those jobs should think again about what they are doing.

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