Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, raised concerns in Parliament about the impact on jobs and investment in Wolverhampton if the UK were to leave Europe.

A referendum on British membership of European Union is expected this year and must be held before the end of 2017. The Labour party believes that the best deal for Britain is to remain in Europe.

In the House of Commons on Tuesday, Emma asked, “Jaguar Land Rover recently announced that it is doubling the investment in the new engine plant on the outskirts of my constituency, creating hundreds and hundreds of additional jobs on top of the 1,400 already announced.

“Does the Minister agree that access to the European single market drives this sort of investment? Does he agree that if we were to walk away or sacrifice that access, those jobs and that investment would be put at risk?”

Speaking after her question, Emma said, “British membership of the European Union is vital for jobs and investment in Wolverhampton and across the country. Foreign companies are attracted to invest in the UK in part because we are a gateway to the rest of the European single market – the largest free trade zone in the world.”

“According to the Confederation of British Industry, our EU membership is worth over £3,000 a year to every family in the country because of lower prices due to competition and the single market. Also 3.5 million jobs in Britain depend on our trade with the rest of Europe. Leaving the EU would put all this at risk.”