Labour should back another referendum
As EU migrants and Labour members, we call on our party to campaign against Brexit. We refuse to be silent in the face of a policy that is an attack on our rights and on the communities our party represents. It is proper, indeed essential, that Labour now follows the policy established at its conference in September. This is to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal, to call for an immediate general election, and to consider campaigning for a public vote.
There is no contradiction whatsoever between campaigning for an election and campaigning for a referendum. When May’s deal falls in parliament next week, Labour must announce its support for a public vote so the people can have the final say. We hope such a referendum can be achieved under a Labour government, after a general election.
Time is running out. For millions of working people, Brexit means insecurity about our jobs and livelihoods. For European nationals, it also spells an extension of the hostile environment, as Britain is facing the biggest expansion of border controls in its recent history. Many risk losing their secure status in the UK or being separated from family members, and British citizens will lose the right to live and study in 27 countries.
Migrant voices are rarely heard in the Brexit debate, even though we will be the ones most impacted. In the Brexit campaign, we have been used as scapegoats for problems facing people in Britain, from low pay to overstretched public services. Labour has the answers: ending Tory austerity, strengthening workers’ rights and redistributing wealth and power. Our party also has the moral obligation to stand with progressive movements across the continent against the current nationalist surge, which Brexit is a part of. Allowing Brexit to happen can only undermine our radical agenda.
Ana Oppenheim Hornsey & Wood Green CLP, Marina Prentoulis
Islighton North CLP, Patryk Niewczas
Edinburgh Central CLP, Heidy KempeBottcher Manchester Withington
CLP, Alex Fernandes Tooting CLP, Rosemary Collins Ceredigion CLP, Alena Ivanova Bethnal Green and Bow
CLP and 26 others (see gu.com/letters)