Motion asks Labour to continue fighting Tory Brexit versions and to achieve customs union “at a minimum” – but does not ask party to campaign for remain on Labour deal
Labour left organisation Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) has published a model motion it is asking members to support at this autumn’s annual conference.
In line with this month’s decision by the Shadow Cabinet, it calls for a public vote on any deal but does not commit Labour to campaigning for remain. Centrist calls for a remain campaign in all circumstances would lead to the nonsensical situation of a future Labour government negotiating a Brexit deal with the EU and then campaigning against its own deal.
The full text of the motion reads:
Brexit: Labour’s priority – stopping a Tory No Deal or Hard-Brexit
Conference notes the grave danger of a damaging No Deal Brexit or Hard Brexit, under the new Tory Prime Minister, that would lead to job losses,
reductions in living standards and workers’ rights, plus cuts in environmental and consumer protections, and a harmful trade deal with the US that would threaten the NHS.
Conference congratulates our party leadership and the PLP for voting in
Parliament: to stop Theresa May’s deal; against a No Deal exit; for a Customs Union; for alignment with the Single Market; and for a public vote – in line with the policy agreed by the 2018 Labour Party Conference.
Conference this year reaffirms its commitment to an approach that prioritises:
– the defence of people’s living standards and jobs;
– the maintenance of access to EU markets, with at a minimum a customs union;
– the protection of people’s rights;
– and no hard border on the island of Ireland.
Conference therefore agrees that the party must continue to fight to block a No Deal Brexit/Hard-Brexit, using all necessary and available means, including fighting for a general election and supporting a public vote on the terms of any departure from the European Union.
Whatever Brexit plan the new Tory leader comes up with, after three long years of failure they should have the confidence to go back to the people on a deal agreed by parliament.
At all times Labour will seek to overcome division and build maximum consensus around policies for the many, not the few.
CLPD urges Labour delegates to support this motion and to oppose the full-remain motion planned by ‘stop Brexit’ group Another Europe is Possible.
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