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Britain's EU membership protects working people

Leaving the EU poses a risk to workers’ rights. Europe helps safeguard rights to paid leave, equal pay, maternity and paternity leave and protections for agency workers. Leaving would mean they were at risk from the Tory Government.

 
The Leave campaign have already suggested they’d strip back our hard-fought rights if they got the chance.

So we want to know: which rights would be scrapped? Paid maternity leave? Holiday pay? Equal pay? Sign our petition now, and demand answers from Boris and the Brexit campaign.

 
Our membership of the EU means the rest of the world invests £880 a second in the UK and creates 10 new jobs an hour
 
David Miliband and Alan Johnson today toured the new HSBC development in Birmingham, where they highlighted the significance of foreign investment to the UK economy and the importance of the UK’s membership of the EU in facilitating this. 
 
The UK is officially the number one destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Europe. It is also the third most sought after country in the world for investment, behind only the world’s two major economic superpowers, the United States and China. 
 
The attractiveness of the UK for foreign firms to come and invest here is due in part to our membership of the EU. 
 
David Miliband said, “The UK is a fantastic place to invest. Our success at attracting investment from around the world is boosting growth and creating jobs.  
 
“International investment is testimony to the importance of foreign investment. It’s clear that investment is encouraged, enhanced and emboldened by the UK’s membership of the European Union.  
 
“Furthermore, the EU, as the world’s largest single market, offers the chances to protect citizens from the risk of market excess, including in the financial sector. 
 
“That’s why Labour is campaigning to stay in the EU; to keep Britain’s world-leading position in attracting international investment, to protect our economy and to protect the prosperity of British families.”
  • Our membership of the EU means the rest of the world invests £880 a second in the UK and creates 10 new jobs an hour.
  • Inward investment into financial services earns the UK £442 a second.
  • Annual inward investment to the sector creates over 189 new jobs a week and safeguards a further 39 a week.
  • The UK is home to the fastest-growing financial services sector in the world; and it isn’t just the London that is benefiting, with the sector creating 50,000 jobs in Birmingham.  
The UK financial services sector, and international investment it in, is a real showcase of success, and one that would potentially be put at risk if we left the EU. 

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