Hove MP Peter Kyle is at the heart of the new-referendum-stop-Brexit movement, co-sponsoring a parliamentary referendum motion earlier this year and writing strongly pro-“people’s vote” articles in the media.
But Hove Labour members have shown that they take a radically different view.
On Friday, Hove CLP (constituency Labour party) passed a motion on Brexit that describes any move to a new referendum or attempt to prevent Brexit as a threat to democracy and a gift to the hard right – and calls on the Labour Party to honour the 2016 referendum result, but to fight to ensure that the UK leaves on a better basis than the Tories offer:
· Believes Labour is the only Party able to unite both ‘leavers’ and ‘remainers’.
· Recognises the need to protect democracy and believes that, if the 2016 referendum result is ignored, the burgeoning right wing will capitalise on our failure to deliver Brexit.
· Recognises the majority of seats Labour need to win to form a government voted Leave in 2016.
This branch/CLP asks that the Labour Party honour the result of the 2016 referendum. In addition, Labour must continue to oppose a ‘no deal Brexit’ and strive for a deal negotiated by the Labour Party, a deal which will protect jobs, security, the environment and the economy. Therefore, the first priority must be a general election with a manifesto which includes the promise to deliver Brexit.
Hard-remain MPs and commentators are fond of pushing the idea that a large majority of Labour members want a new referendum.
Yet in remain heartland Hove, Labour members sent a clear message diametrically opposed to that of their pro-referendum MP.
So-called ‘mainstream’ media would do well to take note – but of course will not. To do so would distract from their use of the issue as an anti-Corbyn weapon.
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