The following motion has been put together by Labour for a Socialist Europe, Another Europe is Possible and Open Labour for Labour conference 2019 (21-25 September, Brighton). Constituency Labour Parties can submit motions from now up till 12 noon on 12 September. The word limit is 250. For more information and guidance on proposing motions, see the AEIP site here.
The Clarion will also be promoting other motions for conference – more very soon. (For the motions we promoted last year, for information, see here. For the guidance we published then on submitting motions, see here.)
Stop Brexit, transform Britain and Europe
Word count (not including title and this notice): 250
Conference notes the vast majority of Labour members and voters oppose Brexit. Our policy must reflect members’ overwhelming support for a public vote.
We cannot go into a general election without a clear Brexit policy.
If we leave the EU, Brexit does not end. We face years of negotiations and neoliberal trade deals. Any form of Brexit threatens jobs, workers’ rights, migrants, the NHS, public services and the environment, and makes it harder to deliver a radical manifesto.
Brexit is part of a right-wing nationalist exploitation of global economic and social crisis.
We will challenge the narratives of the far right, addressing the reasons people voted Leave. We will attack poverty, insecurity and inequality; rebuild communities with public investment and ownership; boost wages and union rights; and combat the climate crisis. We will defend free movement and extend migrants’ rights.
The Leave vote is three years old. What was meant by Leave was never clear. There is no mandate for any Brexit settlement. Democracy demands the people have a final say.
Labour will campaign energetically for a public vote and to Remain. We support revoking Article 50 if necessary to prevent No Deal.
Capitalism is transnational; we need transnational institutions and workers’ movements to challenge it. We will build cross-border alliances to transform Europe with socialist policies, starting with a Green New Deal, levelling up of wages and rights, and ending Fortress Europe. Labour will convene an international conference of left parties, unions and social movements to coordinate this struggle.
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