Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Labourlist: Labour could campaign against Brexit – but it must also come up with a plan to tackle the scourge of austerity

Labourlist: Labour could campaign against Brexit – but it must also come up with a plan to tackle the scourge of austerity

by Cat Overton

"The premise of my argument is really that Brexit would be an unmitigated disaster for our country and as things stand there is insufficient democratic legitimacy to justify it.

I agree with Ken Clarke MP and others that, as a matter of constitutional law and logic, the referendum is by its very nature “non-binding” and “advisory” only. It does not have the power of law to demand the Commons to take any particular action. It is for Parliament to decide how to proceed. Indeed, separately, I see no reason – in theory at least – as to why there could not be a second referendum.

So it is incumbent upon the Labour Party to campaign, in the national interest, against Brexit. It is, after all, our official foreign policy that we are in favour of the UK’s membership of the EU. Indeed, staying inside the EU may be the only hope of preventing the very breakup of the United Kingdom itself. David Lammy (Tottenham), Catherine West (Hornsey and Wood Green) and Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge) have each explicitly stated that they will vote against any measure in Parliament designed to facilitate the UK leaving the European Union, including, as I understand it, the triggering of Article 50. Clive Lewis MP, a close ally of Corbyn, has said he believes a second referendum would be required in respect of any post-Article 50 exit package."

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