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Leaving the EU could put thousands of manufacturing apprenticeships at risk in the North East.

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Britain is better off in Europe. It brings us jobs, growth and investment and protects British workers and consumers. Leaving would put that at risk and diminish Britain’s influence in the world.

Around 3,513 manufacturing apprenticeships in the North East are dependent on exports to the European Union and could be put at risk if the UK were to vote to leave the European Union.

Pat Glass MP, Labour’s Shadow Europe Minister and MP for North West Durham said:

“For manufacturing jobs in the North East our EU membership is absolutely critical. Two thirds of British jobs in manufacturing are dependent on demand from Europe.

“Around 3,500 apprentices work today in manufacturing apprenticeships that depend on trade linked to our EU membership. That’s 3,500 apprenticeships which depend on our EU membership and leaving the EU could put those at risk.

“For each one of those apprentices, gaining skills, earning a good wage and working towards a career, we can’t let them down, turn our back on the world and cut British manufacturing and industry off from their largest export market. “

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