Concerns that Cameron risks getting it badly wrong on Europe - Labour responds

Douglas Alexander MP
Shadow Foreign Secretary at Labour
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Post date: Wednesday, 9th January 2013

Douglas Alexander MP, Labour's shadow foreign secretary, responds to a letter from senior business leaders, including Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, and Chris Gibson-Smith, chairman of the London Stock Exchange, to David Cameron in the Financial Times today.


Some of the most senior business leaders in Britain have today voiced concerns that the prime minister risks getting it badly wrong on Europe, badly wrong on jobs and investment and badly wrong for Britain.

This latest warning underlines the risks the prime minister is now running by apparently putting unity in his party ahead of prosperity for the country.

Given the very real hostility of some Conservative MPs and cabinet ministers to Europe, these senior business leaders are right to warn of the real risk that David Cameron is now running with British investment and British influence.

The prime minister's approach says more about his weakness at home then about his agenda abroad. 

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