Our delegates for National Conference were Alana Heaney, Bim Kujembola, Coral Jones, Grace Alli Tijani, Midnight Ross, Nina Sprange, Ripon Ray, Tamsin Ssembajjo-Quigley and Wendy Pettifer. They were elected by members to represent members in the debates and votes that took place recently in Brighton. These included electing people to represent members on the party’s highest disciplinary body, the National Constitutional Committee. There was also lots of discussion of policy. In July members supported the motion below to go to Conference, entitled: Stop Brexit, Transform Britain and Europe. This is detailed below. Our delegates reported at our all member meeting last week and a written report went out to members in October.
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 an election without a clear Brexit policy.
If we leave the EU, Brexit doesn’t 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.
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 and reform. 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.