New model motion to local Labour parties
Let’s keep up the pressure for a People’s Vote.31st October 2018
At Labour conference in September, we made a significant step towards stopping Tory Brexit. A huge grassroots push, led by the left, ensured that Labour is now committed to voting against the Tory deal, campaigning for an immediate general election and, failing that, for a People’s Vote. Keir Starmer received a standing ovation when he announced that the option to remain must be on the table.
Now, with Theresa May’s deal coming to Parliament within the next few weeks, it’s our job to make sure the policy is followed and that we win the argument against Brexit at every level of the party. There will be a lot of pressure on Labour MPs to rebel and vote with the government. We can’t let them fall for Theresa May’s threat that the only alternative to a bad deal is crashing out of the EU without one. We know there is another option: putting the question back to the people.
We have written a new model motion for local Labour parties. When it passes through CLPs across the country, it will send a clear message to MPs that this is what the membership wants. Conference mandate is overwhelming and opinion polls show that 86% of Labour members agree with the demand for a People’s Vote. Our representatives need to know that, to keep our support, they must vote to stop the disaster of Tory Brexit.
Submit the motion to your local party and let us know when you have done it! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any advice or assistance in putting it forward.
And if you’re in Momentum, don’t forget to vote in the Brexit consultation which closes at midnight on Thursday November 1. If you’re not yet a member, join now to have your say.
After conference: unite to win a radical Labour government and stop Tory Brexit
This CLP welcomes the call of 2018 Labour Party conference to halt and reverse privatisation, expand common ownership, protect migrants’ rights, tax the rich to fund public services and abolish the anti-union laws.
The Tories’ Brexit agenda will deregulate and destabilise the economy, attack our rights and freedoms, and undermine our ability to implement a radical manifesto. We welcome the call of conference to put a public vote firmly on the table as a means of stopping this agenda, not because we are fanatics for referendums, but because we need to stop the process by which Tory free-marketeers are driving British society off a cliff.
Any public vote on Brexit must, to be meaningful, include an option to remain. Labour should campaign for such a vote – and to remain. Meanwhile, we must defend every right under attack from the Tories’ Brexit – whether workers’ rights, environmental protections or freedom of movement between the UK and Europe. We must commit to reversing any attacks on these rights the Tories implement.
If we are serious about ending the hostile environment for migrants we must extend, not limit free movement. We must end detention, deportations and denial of access to services. As conference 2018 said, “stagnant wages, crumbling services and the housing crisis” are caused by “government and employers making the rich richer at working people’s expense, and not immigration.” The answer is united workers’ struggles; migrant workers are often in the forefront of such struggles.
We cannot campaign for the status quo – either here or across Europe. We want a battle for levelling up of wages, conditions, services and rights across Europe and beyond, and for democratisation of European and international institutions. This would require participation in those institutions.
We therefore resolve:
1. That all Labour MPs must vote against the Tory Brexit deal
2. That Labour must demand, and to prepare for, an immediate general election
3. That Labour must campaign for a public vote on Brexit with an option to remain, and include such a vote in our manifesto
4. To notify the NEC, NPF and Party Leadership of this motion’s passing.
5. To make this policy part of our doorstep and street activity, and to contact Another Europe is Possible for materials and assistance in campaigning.
6. To welcome the letter similar to this motion published by Labour activists in the Guardian on 10 December, calling for the creation of a campaigning network for these goals, and will cooperate in that project, adding our name to the letter. [https://bit.ly/2SV18EZ]
7. To support calls for a half-day Emergency Conference so that members can clearly decide Labour’s Brexit policy.
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