Unemployment across the EU

There is no evidence to support claims by the Prime Minister and Chancellor that the EU is good for jobs and prosperity, an MP has told the Commons. Shipley MP Philip Davies said there are widespread high levels of youth unemployment across Europe. Speaking in Commons question time he urged the Department for Work and Pensions to set out the youth unemployment rates across Europe and “and whether or not the government can find any learning from those countries.” Employment Minister Priti Patel said: “The ongoing turmoil in the Eurozone and the double digit unemployment is really where the European Union is right now, and of course that serves as a warning, in terms of the challenges they face.“ She said the UK was a “bright spot” when it comes to employment due to long-term economic plans of the government. Mr Davies, who wants Britain to leave the European Union in next month’s referendum, said the facts were simple; unemployment is significantly higher in other parts of Europe than Britain.