Why Labour Must Support a Peoples Vote

Posted on 12-01-19 by Tunbridge Wells CLP Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 0

Tunbridge Wells CLP notes
• The UK will leave the European Union on March 29th 2019 if a majority of MPs vote for the EU Withdrawal And Implementation (WAI) Bill
• The Labour Party campaigned for Remain in the 2016 referendum and has a long history of supporting full membership of the EU
Tunbridge Wells CLP believes
• If the UK leaves the European Union, our country will be permanently poorer, have diminished influence in the world and the greatest burden will fall on the poorest and youngest in society
• Any form of Brexit will damage the NHS; the Nuffield Trust projects the economic impact will translate into an annual £2.4bn shortfall in funding
• There is clear evidence that a majority of Labour Party voters and members are opposed to Brexit
o A recent poll from Labour Future found that 81% of Labour voters support a referendum on the final terms of Brexit
• The strong 2017 general election result achieved under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn means the votes of Labour MPs will have a significant influence on the WAI Bill
• The terms of Brexit were not clear in the 2016 referendum, but it is now clear that no form of Brexit can meet Labour's six tests
Tunbridge Wells CLP resolves
• The Labour Party should give the British people the opportunity to have the final say, by:
o Voting against the WAI Bill AND
o Supporting a referendum on the final terms of the exit deal, with an option to remain full members of the European Union
• Our delegates to Party Conference in 2018 will vote in favour of any motion that aligns with this resolution

Referring to: International

The International Policy Commission develops Labour’s international policy. It is responsible for foreign policy, international development, defence and Britain’s future relationship with Europe.

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