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Send a Brexit message from Camden

08 November, 2018

• CLLR Lazzaro Pietragnoli claimed in April that “voting Labour in any ward at the local election in Camden will deliver a (politically and tactically) stronger message against Brexit than voting for Green, LibDem or independent candidates”.

I therefore expect all Labour councillors to support Cllr Luisa Porritt’s motion for a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal. Given the false promises from leading Brexiters, it is ridiculous that the 2016 referendum has been interpreted by both the government and opposition as a mandate by the British people to leave on any terms or indeed on no terms at all.

All serious economists agree with the government’s forecasts that Brexit will make us considerably poorer. Cllr Henry Newman, a prominent Tory Brexiter, responded to my query on whether he would support a council motion and if this might be “good politics” by stating: “I don’t support a second referendum.”

This highlights how crucial it is that we do indeed have a people’s vote as what is good politics for our elected representatives does not necessarily align with the needs of those impacted.

Any councillor who does not believe Brexit is the answer to the UK’s challenges must send a clear message from Camden to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn by voting for a motion which unequivocally endorses a people’s vote.

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