Labour for a People's Vote
Over the summer our supporters submitted over 100 Contemporary Motions to Labour Conference, denouncing Tory Brexit and calling for Labour to oppose Tory Brexit as the best means of bringing about a Labour government. In all over 150 motions were sent to conference calling for a public vote on the Brexit deal with an option to keep the deal we have - setting a record number of motions on a single issue.
Now that conference is over and Labour has all but committed to a public vote on the deal we need to work with the party to ensure that the Tory deal is voted down, a general election is called for and - in the event that there is no election - a public vote is called.
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After conference: unite to win a radical Labour government and stop Tory Brexit
This CLP welcomes the bold vision for a radical transformation of society that emerged from the 2018 Labour Party Conference. We wholeheartedly support the calls to halt and reverse privatisation, expand common ownership, protect migrants’ rights, tax the rich to fund public services and abolish anti-union laws.
We also note with alarm that the Prime Minister has promised to make Britain the country with the lowest corporation tax in G20 after Brexit, in the same breath as appointing a minister to oversee potential food shortages. Tory Brexit will deregulate and destabilise the economy, attack our rights and freedoms, and undermine our ability to implement a radical manifesto.
We further note Theresa May’s failure at the European Council summit in Salzberg, the Tories’ shameful support in the European Parliament for Hungary’s far-right government, Dominic Raab’s unhelpful and confrontational rhetoric at Tory Conference, comments made by Philip Hammond on 1 October making clear that Britain will enforce a hard border in Ireland in the event of ‘no deal’, and the Prime Minister’s dangerous insistence on 21 September that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’.
This CLP notes that 146 CLPs submitted a contemporary motion on Brexit to this year’s conference – a record number on any single topic. We welcome the almost unanimous motion passed by conference, which makes it clear that Labour MPs must vote down any deal that does not meet our six tests; campaign for an immediate general election; and, if we cannot get an election, support all options remaining on the table, including a public vote.
We fully support Conference’s call for solidarity with progressive and socialist forces across Europe and we welcome the Labour Party officially resolving to move away from the false idea that migrants drive down wages. We also welcome the commitment, long overdue, to a Europe-wide campaign for levelling up of living standards, rights and protections, as well as the democratisation of European institutions. This would require participation in those institutions.
In light of events at conference, we resolve:
To demand, and to prepare for, an immediate general election
That all Labour MPs must vote down any Brexit deal that fails to meet the six tests
To welcome the clarification from Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer that Remain is an option in any future public vote
That Labour’s manifesto must honour the spirit of the motion passed at Conference, which states that “if the Government is confident in negotiating a deal that working people, our economy and communities will benefit from they should not be afraid to put that deal to the public”. We must offer the people a final say on the Brexit deal, with an option to Remain if the deal is rejected
To notify the NEC, NPF and Party Leadership of this motion’s passing