EU Referendum: 'The EU has had its day' - Labour's John Mann on why he's voting Leave

The Labour MP for Bassetlaw John Mann spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about his decision to vote for leaving the EU ahead of the referendum

The MP's decision is a blow to the Remain camp

Friday, June 10, 2016

A prominent Labour MP has broken party ranks and claimed 'the EU has had its day' on talkRADIO.

John Mann, the member for Bassetlaw, has chosen to vote Leave in the referendum on 23 June, in a decision which has sent shockwaves through the Remain camp.

His decision puts him in direct opposition to the Labour Party leadership, and more than 200 of his party colleagues, who are campaigning to stay in the European Union. 

Mann explained he has chosen the route he believes will best benefit working-class people.

"It's the working-class voters who suffer the downsides of pressures on services and agencies," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"These agencies are explicitly encouraged by the European Union.

"There are more multinational company lobbyists in Brussels than civil servants and politicians. This is who's calling the tune, and my constituents pay the price in their wages and access to jobs. 

"That's not good enough."

Mann, who serves on the Treasury Select Committee, claimed the European Union's main focus does not align with what it should be thinking about. 

"The EU has had its day," he said. "The problem is that now it is a right-wing, reactionary, big-business European Union. 

"It has nothing to do with trade unions, with workers' rights, with standards of living of working-class people and their aspirations in this country. 

"Working-class people across the country [should] vote to leave - it's in your interest."

Working-class people across the country [should] vote to leave - it's in your interest
John Mann MP