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Labour's National Policy Forum feeds into how the Labour Party decides on policy.

Both Labour Party and non-Labour Party members can make submissions, but if you haven't already, it does require you to make an account. Make your account here.

Once you have made your account and logged in, find the relevant policy commission you wish to submit to here. If you wish to submit something Brexit related then generally you want to submit to the International Policy Commission.


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Extend the transition period

Text: "Less than one year to negotiate a comprehensive trade deal with the EU wouldn't have been nearly enough time even without coronavirus, with far simpler trade deals, like the EU-Canada style trade deal Boris Johnson said he wanted, taking years longer, but now that COVID-19 is a global pandemic, which Europe is at the heart of, reaching a full deal by the current deadline of this New Year’s Eve is just impossible. 

The UK recently surpassed Italy as having the highest coronavirus death toll in Europe, there continues to be a lack of PPE in the NHS and care homes, there is no track and trace app available to the public at large and the number of daily tests carried out in the UK remains low compared to other countries which have had far fewer COVID related deaths. Solving these problems so that the death toll doesn't increase substantially further is what the government should be focusing on right now, not Brexit.

The chancellor recently said the UK will likely "face a severe recession, the likes of which we haven’t seen" from the effects of coronavirus alone. The Bank of England previously warned that a no-deal Brexit could trigger a recession worse than the 2008 financial crash. To add the two together would be catastraphoic and mean hundreds of thousands of people most likely losing their jobs.

The UK ended its penultimate trade talks with the EU on May 15th with “very little progress” made according to UK chief negotiator David Frost and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier saying "no progress had been made on the most difficult issues."

To not extend the transition period before the deadline of July 1st would most likely mean a no deal Brexit in six months time, leading to a recession greater than any we have seen in modern times. Therefore, the Labour Party must support extending the transition period by the maximum 2 year period."

Suggested commission: "Championing internationalism in the post-coronavirus world."

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