Below are example motions that you can take to your branch or CLP.
Labour Movement for Europe:
Motion on the government's failing approach to Brexit
The Constituency Labour Party (CLP) notes that the government’s various Brexit papers, released during the summer parliamentary recess to avoid scrutiny, show that the Tory Brexit threatens Britain’s economy, security, environment and citizens' rights.
The CLP notes that the Government’s refusal to release the 58 Brexit Impact papers is proof that Brexit is going to be damaging to the United Kingdom.
The CLP considers it essential to avoid creating barriers to our main export market and subsequent job losses and reductions in tax revenue and investment.
The CLP believes that the UK must avoid exclusion from essential European agencies such as the Medicines Agency and EURATOM, and is concerned that EU funding for research and for the regions will not be replaced.
The CLP believes that immigration concerns can be addressed by using the pre-existing safeguards, notes that most migration to Britain is non-EU and is fully under UK regulatory control, and reaffirms that measures such as reinstating the Migrant Impact Fund, protection from undercutting of wages and increased education and training opportunities would also address concerns.
The CLP insists that EU citizens’ rights in the UK, and vice-versa, should be protected and legally enforceable.
The CLP believes that, if the government fails to secure its promise of ‘exactly the same’ benefits and access for the UK as currently available, it should be consistently challenged.
The CLP believes that any Brexit requires a period of transition, possibly including temporary EEA or EFTA participation, or even permanent membership of either if the opportunity arose.
The CLP believes that, in the economic, social, political and international interests of Britain, Labour must oppose any Brexit deal that fails to meet these concerns and fulfil these objectives.
Labour Campaign for the Single Market:
This Constituency Labour Party:
Notes the August publication of the Government’s position papers on a range of EU withdrawal matters including future UK-EU customs arrangements;
And believes that these recent papers reveal that the current approach risks job losses, and loss of rights for workers;
Further, notes the Treasury estimate that moving from the “soft” Brexit of the European Economic Area (EEA) (which could see tax revenue fall by £20bn) to the “hard” Brexit of a Canadian-type deal is estimated to cost an additional £16 billion each year, and that if the UK defaults to WTO trade rules, then the annual tax loss may be as high as £45 billion (four times the annual public expenditure on English GPs);
And believes that Labour must urgently campaign against austerity that has harmed our public services;
And therefore calls upon the Labour Party to adopt a policy of remaining in the European Customs Union and Single Market through membership of the EEA.
Labour Against Brexit
(Name) CLP notes that:
On 23rd June 2016, the UK voted in a referendum to Leave the European Union.
The referendum result was very close, with 51.9% of votes cast for Leave and 48.1% of votes cast for Remain.
Neither the Leave campaign nor the ballot paper specified what ‘type’ of Brexit would be pursued if Leave were to win, and it is therefore unclear as to whether voters have provided a mandate for leaving the European single market and the customs union (a ‘hard’ Brexit).
The Labour Party campaigned for Remain, and has a long history of supporting membership of the EU
Polling suggests that the majority of Labour Party members (approximately 70%) voted Remain.
At Labour Party Conference 2016, it was resolved that “Unless the final settlement proves to be acceptable, then the option of retaining EU membership should be retained. The final settlement should therefore be subject to approval, through Parliament and potentially through a general election or referendum.”
(Name) CLP believes that:
The UK leaving the EU, and in particular the single market, would cause great harm to the very people in the UK that the Labour Party seeks to represent. For example, the NHS cannot be properly funded if the economy worsens, nor can appropriate levels of staffing be maintained if health services cannot easily recruit from EU countries due to changes in freedom of movement. Also, job security would be at risk for many people, and prices of basic goods would rise.
The Prime Minister’s outlined plans for a ‘hard’ Brexit would allow important employment rights in the UK to be removed, allow environmental protections to be lessened, and enable the UK to become a tax haven for large corporations. All of these issues are ones that Labour has always campaigned on.
The current Labour position appears to be going against the Conference resolution by supporting Brexit and the invoking of Article 50. This position is undemocratic within the Labour Party, and risks us losing existing Labour members and voters who are strong supporters of Remain.
(Name) CLP resolves to:
Call upon the Labour leadership to ensure that the democratically-made Conference resolution is followed and reinforced, ensuring that the Party is speaking with one voice and showing strong leadership.
Call upon the Labour leadership to allow a free vote for Labour MPs on the triggering of Article 50.
Openly support its own MP, (name), in his/her decision to vote against the triggering of Article 50.
Call upon its own MP, (name), to vote against the triggering of Article 50.