Suggested wording for motions on Brexit, October 2020

Short version:

No Deal Brexit is now an imminent and urgent threat. The alternative from the Tories will be an extremely “hard”, regressive version of Brexit. No Deal now would be most likely be a prelude to such a deal later. In either case the Tories want a harmful trade deal with the US.

The labour movement should demand that Brexit is substantially delayed, both to ward off a looming disaster and to allow serious democratic debate and scrutiny of what is happening.

Whatever happens, our movement must argue for lowering, not raising borders; for closer international links and solidarity; and for defence and extension of free movement and migrants’ rights.

Longer version (https://labourforasocialisteurope.org/2020/10/28/stop-the-tory-rush-to-a-hard-brexit-motion-for-clps-and-union-branches/):

A No Deal Brexit is now an imminent and urgent threat. Any alternative from the Tories will still be an extremely “hard”, regressive version of Brexit. No Deal now would most likely be a prelude to such a deal later. In either case the Tories want a harmful trade deal with the US. They want to use Brexit to push forward their assaults on workers’ and human rights, public services, consumer standards and environmental protections. All this in the midst of the fallout from a second wave of Covid-19.

We call for the Labour Party and labour movement to speak up and demand that Brexit is paused and substantially delayed, both to ward off looming disasters and to allow serious democratic debate and scrutiny of what the Tories are attempting.

Whatever happens, our movement must argue for lowering, not raising borders; for closer international links and solidarity; and for defence and extension of free movement and migrants’ rights.

We will promote and work with Another Europe is Possible’s “Fight for the Future” campaign to oppose the Tories’ Brexit agenda, and sponsor a meeting.

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