MP says he will vote to leave the European Union

PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 March 2016

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has said he will vote to leave the European Union

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has said he will vote to leave the European Union

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Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, said he will vote to leave the European Union at the referendum in June.

Mr McPartland said the new deal fails to tackle “NHS tourism”, and said sending welfare payments to families in other countries and tax credits to foreign workers in Britain “just does not make sense”.

He added: “Economic migration and control over our own borders is not possible when countries such as Spain, Portugal and Greece face mass youth unemployment and unsustainable debts. The only way young families can escape the punishing austerity measures meted out by European elites, is to quite simply relocate to Britain, as our economy powers ahead of the rest of Europe.

“If we dare to vote to leave then we will be told we face mass unemployment, surging interest rates, increasing prices, rapid inflation and increased risk of terrorist attacks. Of course, we will not, and if we dared to vote to leave then there would be another negotiation and another referendum offering us a little more each time until we gave them the right answer.”

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