When I was a young civil servant in the early 1970s many major Labour figures opposed our entry into the then Common Market. People like Wedgie Benn, Peter Shore & Barabara Castle lead the campaign which was played on a very biased playing field. There is an excellent left wing case against our membership of the EU summarised outlined in a recent article in the New Statesman, link below.
It was sad Bob Crow died so young because he truely represented the real British working class and had no time for the Metropolitan Oxford PPE elite and that Wedgie although old also died recently. they were a formidable pair, anathema to Tory and Labour EU lovers.
I can well remember listening to Wedgie constructing very coherent arguments against the EU. I recently pointed out how earlier Hugh Gaitskell made his best and most prophetic speech against joining the Common Market in autumn 1962. He was dead aged 56 within 3 months. Why do all the Labour good guys die young?
There are still excellent Labour MPs who oppose our EU membership, Frank Field and Gisela Stuart both all round good eggs spring to mind but the trades unions have not produced a replacemnt for Bob Crow. Surprising given the damage the EU and its unlimited immmigration does to the standard of living of British workers.
To win this coming EU Referendum we will need Labour supporters votes. Who can deliver them? Not Nigel Farage! Workers are not fools and will not be taken in by a booze and fags image.