Labour backs Remain!

Labour supporters at the Peoples Vote March, October 2018

After years of campaigning and internal pressure, Remain supporting members of the Labour party won a huge victory today with Jeremy Corbyn finally going on record to declare that Labour now demands a confirmatory vote on any deal or no-deal option, and that Labour would campaign to Remain.

Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour party said “Our members have been telling us for some time now that they want us to be a Remain party and that they want us to put the new deal to the people,”

“We’re now going to campaign for that and I’m very proud that the shadow cabinet have now listened to their concerns.”

A Labour bloc on the People’s march, organised by Remain Labour and the LabourSay campaign

Miriam Mirwitch, chair of Young Labour, welcomed the move, adding: “This vital shift shows that Labour is a party centred around democracy that has listened to what it’s members have wanted for some time: a People’s Vote in which Labour campaigns to Remain.”

The move is indeed a great victory for those within the Labour party that have worked so hard to keep opinion moving and whose work at the last Labour Conference and in Labour branches and CLP’s up and down the country has finally paid off. Groups such as Another Europe is Possible, Remain Labour, LabourSay, Open Labour and Labour for a Public Vote, amongst many others, can rightly be proud of what they have achieved today.

Remain Labour activists in Parliament Square

Whilst some might say that there is still some ambiguity in Labours stance, especially concerning a general election and what a future manifesto position might be, it is unarguable that the current position is that Labour backs a public vote on any deal in all circumstances. There is a slight possibility that IF a general election is called, and IF Labour win, that they may decide to try and renegotiate a deal, and IF they succeed, may call a vote on that Labour deal.

But regardless, a vote there will be, and, my friends, looking back to where we were just four months ago, I am happy with that. And, after the next three months of Labour members campaigning for a public vote and arguing the case for Remain – what odds that the Labour leadership can change tack once again and look towards a possible Lexit, without destroying any hopes of a GE win in the process? Slender, I think, and remote.

Today, Labour backs Remain, and we are that much closer to preventing the disaster that Brexit entails. Today, hope is winning.

A labour activist marching in London

Plan for big London Marches now!

March for Change, London – July 20th, 2019 

With the Conservative Party seemingly posed to choose arch-Brexiter Boris Johnson to be our new Prime Minister, we now need to make our opposition louder and clearer than ever before.  We have to stop Brexit before it is too late.

The March for Change is calling for a change of course for our country.  We want to put Brexit behind us.  We want to reunite with Europe.  We want to fix Britain.

For information about the March for Change, click here  

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People’s Vote March, London  – October 19th 2019

Message from the People’s Vote team:
This summer, the British people have the chance to force our way back into the final decision on Brexit. We are going on the offensive, with rallies in 15 towns and cities across the country, culminating with an enormous, historic march in London on October 19. Because it is now clear that this is a crisis that cannot be settled by a new prime minister or a deadlocked parliament. It can only be settled by us, the people.

Save the dates. And let’s save the country. Click here for more information

Thousands of Yorkshire campaigners join demo

Demonstrators carry posters and flags during peoples anti-brexit march in London
Demonstrators carry posters and flags during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Brexit revolt as more than a million take to streets in London

What an amazing day! More than a million people from every corner of the nation joined the big Put it to the People march on Saturday.  It was one of the biggest gatherings London has seen since VE day – so big that many never got anywhere near Parliament Square to hear the speeches. But it didn’t matter because every one who went left feeling elated – and with a sense that the momentum behind Remain movement is becoming unstoppable.

Yorkshire flags were everywhere on the march
Yorkshire flags: a common sight everywhere on the march

A record 19 coachloads of supporters – including three from North Yorkshire – set off down the M1. Many more traveled independently. Read the story in the Yorkshire Post

People from all backgrounds, races, nationalities – adults and children, able bodied and disabled – joined together in common purpose: To stop our despotic Prime Minister trying to drag us out of the EU.

Supporters ready to board the first of three NYFE coaches
Supporters ready to board the first of three NyFE coaches

There were clusters of white rose flags almost everywhere (we lost count of the number of people who asked, “what’s the flag with the flower?!”) 

The march came as the online petition to Revoke Article 50 became the biggest ever seen on the Government’s website (see below). Meanwhileopinion polls  suggest the public mood has changed and people generally are going off the whole idea of Brexit.

No longer can the Prime Minister claim it’s the will of the people. 

North Yorkshire for Euriope Banner at the march