Emma is a key figure in the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union. She has been writing extensively in the media to argue for the British people to vote to remain on 23 June 2016. Please see a selection of her recent articles below:

Cameron gives the hard sell on EU membership (Progress - 23 February 2016)

Labour should draw strength from its unity on Europe (New Statesman – 20 February 2016)

The Labour case for staying in the EU (The Times – 16 February 2016) Requires subscription or read below

All eyes will be on the Prime Minister this week and the small print of the deal that he is likely to strike with European leaders in Brussels on Friday.

The aftermath of any agreement will be dominated by headlines about the Conservative party’s divisions on Europe which are deep, ideological and irreconcilable.

In contrast, Labour has a clear and united pro-European position. Labour In For Britain has a charismatic leader in Alan Johnson, who has appeal across the Labour movement and with the electorate, and is already forging ahead with a distinctive Labour campaign.

This clarity is essential because the British people will face a binary choice at this referendum between “remain” and “leave”. Clearly, “maybe” will not be on the ballot paper.

Even though there is a broad pro-European consensus in the Labour Party, the politics of the referendum are nevertheless sensitive and difficult to navigate.

There a number of traps which need to be side-stepped.

First, it would be easy to succumb to the temptation of branding David Cameron’s deal a failure.

That would be a gift to the eurosceptics. Progress will probably be made in a number of contentious areas and the final package will be the basis for the referendum.

However, if Labour were in power, we would of course be pushing for different proposals as part of an ongoing process of reform.

Looking beyond the deal and putting the broader case to remain is now the priority.

Second, some in Labour’s ranks fear that voters will be lost to UKIP in the same way that voters fled to the SNP in the wake of the Scottish referendum.

The comparison is however exaggerated. The roots of Labour’s demise in Scotland run deep and pre-date the independence referendum.

The SNP also framed the 2014 referendum as a question about “how Scottish are you?” For all but a minority, the upcoming European referendum is not about nationalism and identity.

Finally, it would be easy to get bogged down in the perennial debate about free movement.

It is important to acknowledge that many Labour voters have genuine concerns about immigration and want to see a benefits system which is fair and rewards contribution.

On that basis, Cameron’s proposed emergency brake has some merit.

There will be some voters who care about immigration above all else. Some of course will never be won over to the pro-European side, no matter what reforms are delivered.

However, many Labour voters are also worried about jobs, investment and security.

We must have an honest and open conversation with them about the benefits of our European membership.

Labour has a responsibility to be clear about its commitment to continued membership of the EU and convey this to the British people, whilst avoiding these traps en route to the referendum.