Tom Watson, deputy Labour leader, wants to put ‘creativity back at the heart of our classrooms’

Deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson said that remaining part of Europe is particularly important for the creative industries © Angelica Bomford

Tom Watson, the Labour Partys deputy leader, has called on members of the Creative Industries Federation to support a second referendum on Brexit and then vote to remain in the European Union. Speaking at a meeting yesterday, at Londons Somerset House, he had a receptive audience (96% of polled federation members had supported remain in the 2016 vote).

Watsons position is rather different from that of Jeremy Corbyn, the party leader, who has pledged that once Labour won a general election it would negotiate a better Brexit deal and after that offer a referendum on whether to accept it or remain in the EU.

Watson said that remaining part of Europe is particularly important for the creative industries, citing a recent survey which suggested that a fifth of businesses in this sector would consider moving all or part of their work abroad after Brexit. Ease of movement would be threatened, and losing the ability to cross borders quickly would be “disastrous”.

In summary, Watson said that “we need an outward-looking, welcoming Britain: a United Kingdom comfortable and confident with its place in the world, open to new ideas and different cultures”.

Watson pointed out that he had campaigned for remain in 2016, but when the country narrowlRead More – Source

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