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Ed Miliband: ‘If Britain left the European Union, it would not serve a progressive, optimistic agenda."

The Leave campaigns oppose anything from Europe, including crucial protections to UK workers' rights and our environment.

As Ed Miliband rightly said in a speech today, "If Britain left the European Union, it would not serve a progressive, optimistic agenda. It would only serve a reactionary, pessimistic agenda.". The highlights of this speech follow:

“So my argument for Europe is an argument rooted deep in Labour values of solidarity and co-operation."

“The idea that we could confront the great causes of the 21st century outside the European Union is simply a fantasy."

“We cannot sit it out when this choice is so fundamental to helping build the kind of country we want."

“And we cannot sit it out when the decision of Labour voters will be so crucial to the outcome of this referendum."

“We need to be clear about the real agenda of most of those who would have us leave."

“They are people who are anti-regulation wherever it comes from, who are anti-workers’ rights wherever they come from, who are sceptical about laws on the environment wherever they come from."

"If Britain left the European Union, it would not serve a progressive, optimistic agenda."