The following motion was passed at the Labour Students National Committee meeting on 23rd August.
Proposer: Eda Cazimoglu
Seconder: Sarah-Jane Smyth
This committee notes:
- There are many benefits of EU membership that we’ve all enjoyed, such as peace, trade, investment, jobs, workers rights, academic and scientific cooperation and stronger environmental protection
- Particular benefits to students and academics that are at risk are freedom of movement and funding for research.
- Labour Students campaigned passionately to remain in the EU and launched Labour Students in for Britain.
- Many students today didn’t get a vote in the 2016 referendum.
- At our conference last year, Labour Students campaigning for a People’s Vote became official Labour Students policy and since then LS has partaken in Peoples Vote Campaigning such as the recent march & advertising and having a block at future events, and producing joint materials.
- Labour Students proudly and undoubtedly support a public vote on Brexit.
This committee believes:
- The Leave, Fight, Transform (LeFT) campaign is not representative of Labour members
- The LeFT campaign promotes severance from the treaties, institutions and the laws of the EU
- They offer nothing beyond being another fringe group, which promotes a position in contradiction to that of the leadership of the Labour Party.
- We are rapidly approaching a no deal brexit, and the emergence of this last minute campaign is nothing more than political distraction
- A no deal brexit throws migrants under the bus, alongside any remaining say the UK has over their treatment. A no deal brexit will harm workers, communities and industries. A no deal brexit will breach the good Friday agreement and throw Ireland into chaos.
- There is nothing left wing or socialist about taking action and supporting a campaign that will promote racism, promote division and harm others.
This committee resolves:
- To condemn the LeFT Campaign
- To continue to campaign for a Public Vote on any deal
- To campaign for remain in a referendum