Stop Brexit! Time for the Labour majority to stand up and be counted
This is a round-robin email, not a blog post, to tell you about a new post on my Ephems blog, titled “Stop Brexit! Time for the Labour majority to stand up and be counted”. You can read the full text of the post, and any comments on it by Ephems readers, by visiting http://www.barder.com/stop-brexit-time-for-the-labour-majority-to-stand-up-and-be-counted/.
The article laments Jeremy Corbyn’s moves to undermine and reverse Labour’s official policy of resisting Britain’s exit from the EU, culminating in his sacking of three of his shadow ministers for supporting Chuka Umunna’s proposed amendment to the Queen’s speech in favour of Britain retaining its membership of the EU single market and customs union. The majority of parliamentarians in all major parties and in both Houses know that Brexit will inflict serious harm on the British people, especially on the poorest and most vulnerable. I argue that MPs and peers should put what they know to be in the country’s interests — stopping Brexit — before considerations of party discipline or short-term electoral advantage. If Mr Corbyn persists in forcing his MPs to support the Tory leadership in pressing for a hard (or any other) Brexit, we shall need a new party or cross-party movement committed to opposing Brexit at every turn, and to keeping open the option of Remaining in the EU, as expressly and unanimously decided by last year’s Labour party conference, its supreme policy-making body. The arguments are spelled out fully at http://www.barder.com/stop-brexit-time-for-the-labour-majority-to-stand-up-and-be-counted/. Please append your comments, whether positive, negative or corrective, there, so that others may read them as well as me, and not, please, in reply to this email.
Note: The new Ephems post first appeared on the website LabourList under the title ‘If Corbyn won’t stop Brexit then it is time for the rest of Labour to fight for the EU’, at https://labourlist.org/2017/07/if-corbyn-wont-stop-brexit-then-it-is-time-for-the-rest-of-labour-to-fight-for-the-eu/ where it has so far prompted more than 100 comments, mostly (but not all) hostile.
Greetings from hot, sunny south London, a stone’s-throw (well, a hefty one) from Wimbledon tennis —
5 July 2017