As Manchester approaching the 20th anniversary of the IRA bombing, Andy Burnham MP delivered a keynote speech on the new security challenges facing the country. The speech titled: The New Security Challenges, the Shadow Home Secretary highlighted the risks of BREXIT. The following is a transcript of the speech:
“Turning your back on any group never makes you safer. A vote to leave is a vote for isolation – and that just can’t make sense in today’s volatile world. But we are two weeks away from that real possibility.
“How did we get to this point? It is down to the failure of politicians, not the public. I understand why people want to protest at an elite which hasn’t listened for at least a decade to their legitimate concerns on immigration.
“But this vote is much bigger than that. It is about the future of our economy and the future of our country. If we vote to leave, other dominos will start to fall. A second Scottish independence referendum will be inevitable. It won’t just be the EU that begins to break up; it will be Britain too.
“The fragmented and fearful world that will result from heading down this isolationist road is exactly what the terrorists want but what their bombs have so far been unable to achieve. They want to us to argue amongst ourselves. They want greater conflict between nations, races and religions. They want us to abandon our cooperation on counter-terrorism. Don’t make it easier for them.
“And, above all, remember why they didn’t succeed here in Manchester 20 years ago. It was because we were united in wanting a better, more positive future for this city – a European city ready to welcome the world for the Commonwealth Games. And it’s that spirit that we need to recapture now.
“So I want to make a direct appeal today to people still undecided: don’t make your vote a protest vote. In the final days, the Leave campaign are trying to tempt people to make this a single issue protest vote but don’t let them. It’s too important for that. Vote for what you think will make us stronger and safer in the future.
“Immigration is important. But it’s not more important than the future of the economy and the future of the country. Whatever happens, there will have to be changes to the rules around EU free movement. The EU won’t survive if it won’t make them.
“We need real funding for communities facing most change and pressure. And we need rules to protect skilled wages, ending the incentive for poor employers to bring large number of people here. But these changes can be achieved within without sacrificing our economy and our safety.”