Left-wingers to tour Britain in campaign to convince Jeremy Corbyn to block Brexit
Anti-Brexit left-wingers will tour Britain this summer time in a marketing campaign to construct opposition to leaving the EU – calling on Jeremy Corbyn to again stay and negotiate a “new settlement” with Brussels.
Figures like Inexperienced chief Caroline Lucas, TSSA union chief Manuel Cortes, and journalist Zoe Williams will embark on the talking tour, denouncing Brexit as a “right-wing brainchild” with a slim mandate in a bid to shift opinions.
The marketing campaign’s goals conflict with the place of the Labour management – which is to respect the EU referendum consequence however to oppose the extra excessive points of Theresa Might’s plan for leaving the bloc.
The tour represents a bid to place strain on Mr Corbyn to shift his place on leaving the bloc, spotlight help for Stay in his voter base.
Mr Cortes, common secretary of the TSSA, stated there was “nobody higher positioned” than the Labour chief to name for a brand new financial settlement with Europe that included staying within the EU.
“There may be nothing about Brexit that can make life higher for the working class. It was a proper wing brainchild that gained – and solely narrowly – on a deceitful programme of canine whistle racism and the large lie that the NHS would get £350 million every week,” the commerce unionist stated.
“The left ought to unite now and are available collectively to cease this Tory act of struggle in opposition to our class. Our job is at all times to defend our individuals in opposition to the boss class. Supporting Tory/UKIP Brexit is unacceptable class collaboration. Full cease.”
He added: “The Corbyn promise of recent financial settlement at house is now our precedence. Frankly, there is no such thing as a one higher positioned than Jeremy to name for peace and reconciliation with Europe. And solely Labour can put an finish to this Tory struggle in opposition to staff rights, livelihoods and our freedom to reside and work the place we select in Europe.
“Pulling out of Brexit, not Europe, is now the daring supply we have to make if we’re to win an election and start to correctly rebuild prosperity at residence.”
Inexperienced MP Ms Lucas added: “It’s important that there’s an unbiased left voice in opposition to Brexit and this marketing campaign will present the breadth of the anti-Brexit motion.
“We’re going to make the novel case for staying and main within the EU – and I sit up for assembly individuals up and down the nation as a part of this battle.”
The group’s web site says: “If and when Jeremy Corbyn walks into 10 Downing Avenue, Brexit will damage us too. Will probably be a lot more durable to ship a radical, transformative programme when the economic system is in disaster and so many important rights and freedoms have already been misplaced.”
Different audio system on the tour embrace Labour MEPs Seb Dance and Julie Ward, journalist Gary Younge, and economist Ann Petifor. It’s anticipated to carry occasions in cities together with London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Brighton, Bristol, Plymouth, Newcastle, York and Cardiff – with extra venues set to be introduced.
Liberal and centrist teams have thus far been most excessive profile of their opposition to Brexit, with the Liberal Democrats having promised one other referendum and professionalised marketing campaign teams like Open Britain and Finest for Britain doing the majority of high-profile media work.
Although Labour is more likely to vote in opposition to the Authorities’s Brexit deal until it meets 5 troublesome financial exams, it has been intentionally cautious to not be seen as blocking the referendum consequence. The get together fears that it may lose voters en masse to the Tories in marginal seats that voted Brexit.
Although the overwhelming variety of Labour members again Stay, and most Labour voters too, two thirds of the get together’s constituencies additionally voted Go away – placing MPs on edge and inspiring the get together to stroll a troublesome tightrope.
The get together is predicted to vote in opposition to the Authorities’s Brexit deal, which at the moment doesn’t look like heading in the right direction to fulfill its ‘5 exams’. Labour says it might negotiate a customs union with the EU and likewise attempt to retain points of the only market – although it has dominated out becoming a member of the European Financial Space as it’s at the moment organized.