Reckless gamble with UK's future
Finally, the Prime Minister has given his much-trailed speech on Europe.
He will have satisfied no-one; though initially enthusiastic, the eurosceptics in his own party will only ultimately be happy when Britain is out of the EU.
And he has ignored the advice from people as diverse as Lord Heseltine, Sir Richard Branson, and President Barack Obama, who have warned him of his reckless gamble with Britain's future.
Above all, he will not have satisfied people in the East Midlands; local people worried about the state of our economy, worried about their jobs and the future of their children, as our economy stagnates.
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Because, in a vain attempt to appease members in his own party, the Prime Minister has actually put our country at risk, creating years of economic uncertainty that will put investment and jobs at risk – just at the time when we need them most.
Sadly, it seems we have a British prime minister sleepwalking towards exit from Europe, knowing he is letting down the national interest, but too weak to do anything about it.
Of course, there is much that needs fixing within the EU, but Labour MEPs believe we are more likely to get a good deal for the UK by negotiating sensibly, rather than by trying to blackmail other countries with the threat of exit unless our demands are met.
Glenis Willmott, East Midlands MEP, Labour.