The upcoming EU referendum is a huge issue and has understandably been brought to the forefront of British politics ahead of Thursday 23rd June, when people will be casting their vote up and down the country. Below is the official response from Jon Cruddas MP on the referendum.

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“This is a monumental decision and one that should not be made lightly – it is about the future of Britain and every citizen has a stake in that. It’s clear that any future for Britain in the European Union would need to be built on a foundation of serious reform. Cameron’s recent negotiations failed to do this and were fundamentally about appeasing his backbenchers – rather than delivering the reforms that would make the EU work better for working people.

“Nationally the Labour Party is leading the Remain campaign on a platform which supports national security, job creation and trade – however, the counter arguments cannot just be discounted.

“There are positives and negatives on both sides of the argument. I have always been a bit of a Eurosceptic and was very much against joining the Euro. However, the question of leaving Europe altogether has huge implications for the economic prospects and security of all of our children and grandchildren. It is a decision that cannot be taken lightly. It is the biggest decision we as a country will face this year.

“Although I tend to think overall that the risks of leaving are too great, as with other issues, I think it is important to consider a wide range of local views. That is why in April as the local Member of Parliament I will be sending a survey to every household in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park asking what residents think.

“The collective decision we make on 23rd June will have an impact at every level in society; which is what makes it so vital to ask people what they think.”

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If anyone living in Jon’s constituency would like to help deliver the EU referendum survey in April, please email andrew.achilleos@parliament.uk include your name, full address, and contact number. You will then be contacted in the first week of April.