David Milliband says his party has ‘no strategy’ on EU withdrawal and should back Final Say referendum

David Milliband has accused Labour of a “dereliction of duty” over its refusal to back calls for a final say on Brexit.

Speaking on the eve of the party’s annual conference, the former foreign secretary said Labour had “no strategy” for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

The issue is expected to dominate the gathering in Liverpool, with Jeremy Corbyn facing mounting pressure to support a public vote on whatever deal Theresa May negotiates with Brussels.

Grassroots activists hope to use the conference to force a change in policy towards backing a final say referendum.

It comes after Theresa May admitted negotiations were at an “impasse” and warned that the UK would leave the bloc without a deal unless EU leaders agree to compromise.

Mr Miliband, a former Labour leadership candidate, told BBC Radio 4 Today: “Labour has got to be much, much stronger. The truth is that waiting for the government to foul up is no strategy at all. The country desperately needs a strong government but it also need a strong opposition.

“Labour’s tragedy over 20 years – and I include my own period in this – is that there was almost a complacency about Europe. The Tory tragedy was to be obsessed about Europe and the Labour tragedy was to be complacent about Europe.”

He added: “Finally the complacency is breaking, at least at the constituency level of the Labour Party, but it’s an absolute dereliction of duty for the Labour Party leadership not to embrace the fundamental principle that since the Brexit that people were sold two years ago is not available, it’s essential that the Brexit deal the prime minister does is put to people.

“The most corrosive thing in the long term will be a Brexit on terms that were missold.”

Mr Miliband predicted Ms May would “eke out” a “paper-thin deal” with Brussels and then “use the threat of no deal and the disaster that represents to try to bludgeon people to support it”.

To the Gazette and Herald

28thAugust 2019,

Sir,

On 29thMarch 2019, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, on terms as yet not negotiated and with several questions such as the Irish border, the status of UK citizens resident in the EU and our membership of many European institutions still unclear.

The referendum was called in 2016 by the ruling Conservative Party in an attempt to stave off the challenge of UKIP and to unite a Tory Party divided by the question of our membership of the EU. The result of the referendum was narrow but clear. We are leaving the EU. The Labour Party has accepted the result of the referendum but has set out a programme designed to mitigate against the worst excesses of our departure.

But where is the voice of Kevin Hollinrake, the Member of Parliament for the Thirsk and Malton Constituency? Throughout the last General Election campaign he sat on the fence. It is imperative that he now uses the platform offered by this column so that we, his electorate, know where he stands on the major issues of Brexit and can hold him to account. Does he support Brexit or does he support a second referendum or no deal at all with the EU? We look forward to hearing his views.

Alan Avery

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Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party
Tel 01751 474043
avery_uk@yahoo.com

 

European Parliament

The Labour Members of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber until we leave the European Union in 2019 are Richard Corbett, who is Leader of the Labour Group of MEPs,  and Linda McAvan. They were elected in 2014 and have been very busy working in the EU on our behalf. You can find out a lot about what they have been doing on their websites.

Linda Mcavan MEP
Richard Corbett MEP

Richard has created an app “Doorstep EU” to assist in debunking Brexit propaganda with:

  • Instant analysis of news headlines
  • Straight answers to common questions
  • Evidence-based tabloid myth rebuttals
  • Detailed statistics about the EU’s impact on the UK

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The European Parliamentary Labour Party website is here at Euro Labour

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The other MEPs elected for Yorkshire and the Humber in 2014 were

  • Timothy Kirkhope (Con)
  • Amjad Bashir (UKIP) –  defected to Tories Jan 2015
  • Jane Collins (UKIP)
  • Mike Hookem (UKIP)

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