Labour to get tough on Europe

SHADOW foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said yesterday that Labour could support the repatriation of some powers to Westminster from the European Union.

Alexander called for a “pragmatic” approach and said that power grabbing should not be the top priority, yet also added: “[A] hard headed view of Britain’s national interests should be the hallmark of Britain’s approach to the coming negotiations.”

Labour must avoid being perceived as supporting the “status quo” in Brussels, Alexander said, calling for reform to areas such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).