Liverpool Protest Demanding 'People's Vote' On Brexit Piles Pressure On Labour

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2018

Labour's annual conference has voted to make it easier for local party members to deselect sitting MPs.

The leader of Unite said any second vote on Brexit should not be asking if the public want to stay in the EU.

"But it seems to me inconceivable that if the Labour Party democratically decides, the Labour Party conference decides that it wants a manifesto pledge on a people's vote that we would defy that decision".

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA union, told the crowd he supported Mr Corbyn and said: "If there is one thing I know about Jeremy Corbyn, it's that he respects democracy".

A second Brexit referendum could "stoke xenophobia", so Corbyn maintains the best solution is to push for a general election. "The question I think that has to be answered now by the government, by the European Union leaders, is what room for movement is there, how do we move on from where we ended up last week?"

But with Brexit negotiations rapidly heading nowhere as the March 29 deadline looms, party members are demanding action.

Corbyn appeared on the BB'C's Andrew Marr Show this morning and said he hoped there would be a general election soon.

"Of course we're a democratic party, but before we get that we want a general election, because this government has made a complete fist of Brexit, they haven't been able to negotiate a deal", he said.

"We have already had a people's vote - they voted to come out of the European Union", said Len McCluskey.

Protester Gail Birch, a Labour member, urged Corbyn to focus on Brexit and "put aside all thoughts of a general election" because "it's going to happen anyway".

Corbyn will likely stick to his tried-and-tested method when he delivers his keynote speech on Wednesday, according to experts, prioritizing efforts to bring down the government rather than trying to stop Brexit.

"We anticipate attacks from the far-right. but his year we have experienced attacks from the left", said MP Luciana Berger. We can't just pretend we can go back to what it was and draw the poison.

"The next party in government is not going to be a racist party, it is inconceivable, so we will win".

The National Executive Committee (NEC), the party's ruling body, agreed this month to adopt in full an global definition of anti-Semitism for its code of conduct.

Yet it did so only after overcoming fierce opposition from those in the party who believe it will limit criticism of Israel.

"Labour will turn the tide and give workers more control and a real say at work".

With the United Kingdom and the European Union at an impasse in divorce talks, many Labour members think the left-of-center opposition party has the power - and a duty - to force a new referendum that could reverse Britain's decision to leave the 28-nation bloc.

"I thought for a nanosecond about not coming today".

First, it speaks to the increasing tensions within the party's left wing on how best to solidify the changes Jeremy Corbyn has introduced.

In these politically turbulent times, Labour's hot topic was a series of technical changes to the party rulebook.

"The sheer levels of animosity that exists between Corbyn and his opponents is quite remarkable", Anand Menon, political professor at King's College London, told AFP ahead of the four-day event in Liverpool.

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