Labour Party Prioritizes EU in Foreign Policy, Says David Lammy


The European Union (EU) will be the "number-one priority" in foreign policy for the Labour Party once they are in power, according to Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy. Lammy emphasized the importance of maintaining strong ties with Brussels, citing the ongoing conflicts in Europe and the need for prosperity and security through partnerships with European allies. He called for more regular discussions between the UK and the EU and expressed the need for a "tonal shift" in their relations.

Labour's Commitment to Structured Dialogue

Lammy stated that there should be structured dialogue between the UK government and the EU every four to six months to address important issues. He emphasized the need to return to this kind of engagement and expressed his belief that listeners would find it "extraordinary" that such regular discussions are not currently taking place.

No Immediate Plans for Rejoining the EU

Although Labour prioritizes the EU, Lammy clarified that there are no immediate plans to seek reentry into the EU. He stated that the issue would not be raised in the current political cycle but acknowledged that a cross-party consensus and a demonstration of Britain's commitment would be necessary if rejoining were to be considered in the future.

Tory Chairman Criticizes Labour's Priorities

Tory chairman Richard Holden criticized Lammy's comments, accusing Labour of prioritizing ideology over the interests of the country. Holden pointed out that Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has also prioritized the EU in the past and suggested that the British people should be the party's primary concern.

Labour's Stance on the EU

While Starmer supported remaining in the EU during the Brexit vote and advocated for another referendum, Labour's current position is to not rejoin the EU's single market or customs union. The party aims to avoid being a "rule-taker" if it comes into power. Starmer recently faced criticism for choosing the EU anthem as the piece of classical music that represents the Labour Party, although a source close to him claimed the choice was coincidental and not indicative of his views on the bloc.

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