Yesterday I went to Parliament to meet with Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Brexit is an enormous concern for many Party members and residents across Wimbledon, and I am delighted that Labour’s new policy will be to insist upon a referendum on any deal negotiated by the Tories, including a ‘no deal’, in which we will unequivocally support the option to Remain in the EU.
We’ve given the Tories over three years to try and negotiate a deal to fulfil the ‘will of the people’ in 2016, but time and time again they have failed. Meanwhile, the government is wrecking lives across the country, as Universal Credit punishes the poorest, and the ‘hostile environment’ remains a horrifying reality for thousands.
We are also newly faced with the prospect of a Prime Minister who is considering ‘proroguing’ Parliament to push through a ‘no deal’ Brexit at any cost. This is a serious threat to our democracy, and we need to stand in the Tories’ way at every opportunity.
At this point, the Party has not yet resolved its manifesto position, and this is something we discussed. Unions have proposed that should Labour enter government, we should try to negotiate a soft deal that satisfies the ‘will of the people’ and does the least possible damage to the economy and workers.
Understandably, there are many members who aren’t satisfied by this, for reasons varying from the Leave campaign breaking electoral law and the significant changes to the electorate that voted over three years ago, to how Labour will treat EU citizens and contribute to ending the treatment of refugees by EU bodies without being in it and able to affect change.
As these policy discussions are still ongoing, I am delighted that Keir has offered to come to Wimbledon to meet members and discuss Brexit as soon we can arrange a date. Unfortunately he has a prior commitment on our next scheduled All Member Meeting on the 25th July, but given the importance of this topic, this is a great opportunity to hold a special meeting.
As soon as Keir’s office has agreed upon a date that will work for him to come to Wimbledon, I will be in touch with all members to share the details.
Finally, I am planning on writing a letter to all constituents to communicate the latest policy change on Brexit. If you would be happy to deliver some letters in the streets surrounding you over the next few weeks, or to help in any other way, please let me know here.