Luke Akehurst

Pete Willsman

Thank you for your email and apologies for the delay in replying - just catching up with emails now!


I campaigned and voted for Remain. I would still like to Remain but expect that as things are developing there will likely be a Brexit of some sort. However, it's becoming clearer and clearer that the Brexit being delivered is not one that even most people who voted for it expected or will be happy with.

There is merit and I agree with voters being allowed to vote on the final proposal once it is known.  If there was a second vote / people's vote I would support it and campaign and vote again for Remain.  The political reality is though that the Government is able to achieve a majority in parliament for whatever position it's backbenchers push it into at the time - the realities of being in Government and Opposition!

As things are going I'm worried about two further aspects - firstly, that the Labour Party has MP’s representing constituencies that voted strongly Brexit and strongly Remain and that we will end up losing votes on at least one side weakening our electoral presence.  This should be an important consideration for our front bench and the NEC in determining policy and strategy.

And secondly, a Brexit that is essentially a compromise to keep the Conservative party 'united' will lead to a right wing backlash amongst voters disilussioned by the end result.  This is already being further fuelled by far right populists actively campaigning and working within our communities.

Both of these concerns carry risks for the Labour Party and for our communities and the country.

I hope this of help.

Regards

Gurinder 

I campaigned and voted for Remain, and was shocked and saddened by the result, though I know not all members felt and voted the same way. 

However I don’t believe the result can be ignored, and when two-thirds of Labour supporters voted Remain but two-thirds of Labour MPs represent constituencies which voted to Leave, it is not an easy decision for them. Keir Starmer is steering a skilful course towards the least damaging outcome while trying to keep the party relatively united, and if a small handful of Labour MPs hadn’t voted with the Tories we’d have defeated the government and entered no-confidence territory, with a possible general election as the prize.

I would support a people's vote if I had evidence that the mood of the country had changed sufficiently to produce a different result. Otherwise divisions will become even deeper and angrier: “which part of Leave did you not understand?” But I believe that Labour policy should be established by annual conference, the party’s sovereign policy-making body, and in September conference should have a full debate, with meaningful votes, on all aspects of Brexit. Then we can move forward together.

Eddie Izzard

Gurinder Singh Josan

Stephen Guy

Lisa Baines

Thanks for getting in touch.

My position is as follows:

I voted and campaigned for a 'Remain' vote in the 2016 referendum and was deeply disappointed by the outcome. I agree that Brexit could potentially be disastrous for the British economy and society and even on the best-possible terms it presents serious challenges. I do think, however, that a democratic decision was made in the referendum and that we are duty-bound to respect that. I therefore think that the party's policy has struck the right balance in holding the Tory government to account for its shambolic handling of the issue and putting forward our own alternative which would seek to preserve as much as possible of the benefits of EU membership after Brexit - in particular, through a customs union and tariff-free access to the single market.

I don't think we can simply re-run the 2016 referendum, as a clear decision was made on the principle of EU membership, but I do

think there needs to be a meaningful vote on any deal negotiated by the Tory government, as I'm not convinced that most of those voting 'Leave' wanted the kind of hard Brexit that the Tories are trying to achieve. At the very least, MPs should have a say on the detailed outcome of negotiations but it could also be put to the people via a general election or a referendum.

Kind regards

Darren Williams.

Ann Black

James Craigie

Marianna Masters

Hi 

I am opposed to Brexit, I want the UK to stay in the EU. I'm campaigning for a second referendum, and I spoke at a rally about this in Oxford last week alongside Andrew Adonis and Will Hutton.

Luke Akehurst 

Thank you for your email and interest in my views. I concur with your assessment about it being of utmost importance.
I voted remain as I reside in the NE plagued by industrialisation and we do receive financial support from the EU. I am also  a Trade Unionist and feel EU legislation enhances our rights in the workplace. I don't trust the Tories with workers' rights and fear that they will be diluted once we leave.

However, I recognise the will of the people and feel to have a further Referendum would be an affront on democracy and set a dangerous precedent. That said, I equally recognise that the electorate were fed misinformation during the campaign. I also feel that the populations of some working class areas have felt alienated or forgotten by Labour especially during the New Labour years and this too may have influenced the way they voted. Therefore ,I would welcome a programme of re-engagement with our traditional voters and I support the notion that people should have a say on the final terms of the Brexit deal.

I hope that this assists you and thank you for taking the time to seek out candidates views.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.

Thanks 


I totally oppose Brexit.  I think we should Remain and fix any genuine grievances of Leave communities with investment.
I think there should be a peoples vote with a Remain & Invest option on it.
 
Best wishes
 
 
Heather 😊



Links to further details for Heather :



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Jasmin Beckett

Many thanks for your email.
 
I haven’t changed my view since 2016 that remaining in the EU would be best for the country. I think we need a proper debate about this at Labour conference in the autumn before the meaningful vote in Parliament. Personally, I would like to see the people decide whether the Government’s approach is the way forward, either through a people’s vote or a general election where the people are given a clear choice including the option to remain in the EU. I’ve also written a longer blog expanding on my views herehttps://marywimbury.net/2018/07/25/where-do-i-stand-on-brexit/ . It is the subject I have had most questions on as part of this election.
 
So, yes, I do support a people’s vote on any Brexit deal (or non deal) and I been collecting signatures for one as part of North Wales for Europe, of which I am a founder member.
 
I hope this helps and keep up the good work!
 
Mary Wimbury


Please see responses to our questions to NEC candidates below :

Our Questions:


- Where do you stand on Brexit?
- Do you Support a People's Vote on any Brexit deal?
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Re your questions:

I campaigned for and voted Remain. I fear the impact of Brexit is going to be much larger and more devastating for the most vulnerable in our society than anyone can imagine and worry particularly about jobs and trade.  I will do everything I can to mitigate against this.


Do you support a People’s Vote on any Brexit deal?  Yes.  The Leave campaign have been found to have broken electoral law and on that basis alone, never mind the fact that people should have a say over the terms of Brexit, there should be another vote.
I hope this is helpful.


regards,


Johanna


Stephen Stanners

Heather Peto

Thanks for getting in touch. In the initial vote, I voted to remain. For many reasons; as the question itself did not give any specific understanding of what it would mean.  I also knew; at the time, that it would be a complicated process.  At present things like borders, security, trade and funding is controlled by European processes.  But mostly; I voted to remain because I did not want to be on an island, with no protection from the EU or the European Court of Human rights; while the Conservative Government were in control.  

As a disabled woman, it is frightening to consider that legislation to protect the rights of vulnerable groups will alter or become obsolete through the Great Repeal Bill. The conservative government have already had damning reports the European Court of Human Rights.  They seem to be taking little notice of criticism or suggestions for change. 

There is no easy answer on how we move forward with this.  We do not even know what Brexit will look like at the end. But I am unchanged in my opinion, so given the opportunity, I would vote to cancel any further plans. This could result in hours of discussion, so I apologise if my answer is brief.  

Brexit is the biggest single issue that many of us will face in our lifetime. It has raised many issues with regard to our democratic system.  The recent votes in the Commons have left some Labour members frustrated and let down by their own MP's.  While I am frustrated that the Government escaped defeat on many of the amendments by our own party; I also feel that it is indicative of the issue.  

Brexit will mean different things to different sections of our society. Industry will have its own view, farmers will feel threatened, migration is going to be affected........ this in itself is a major blow for industry and business as Britain has a long standing skills gap. Brexit is all encompassing. It also is above party politics as it is extremely divisive. It will go down in history as an English Civil War in the making, I suggest.  

Given that we have a Hung Parliament at the moment, with Conservative reorganisations happening frequently and the Brexit Chequers Deal being criticized just days after its discussion..... A peoples Vote is inevitable. They cannot even agree amongst themselves, and any proposal seems to threaten the peace and security of Northern Ireland...… the very part of the British constitution that is propping this hung parliament up.  Alongside all of this, the media revelations about the way in which finances were abused, Electoral commission scrutiny the failure to agree a position on Brexit is ensuring that we are heading towards a democratic disaster...…. A peoples vote may entail another snap election, which several options regarding the final outcome.  If so, the British constitution as we know it, will change forever.  To answer the question posed though; I would support a peoples vote. If the Government has any empathy for all of its consequences, it will call one soon.  I suspect that this will happen following the conference season in September.

I hope that it is enough for you to consider voting for me.

Take care and kind regards

Nicola Morrison

I support JC's position

Darren Williams

I'm opposed to Brexit. I think that some of the tactics used by the Leave campaign were unacceptable. Our economy is already suffering. The EU is our closest ally and the vote margin was very narrow and not at all decisive. We need to address the concerns of leave voters to give ourselves the best possible chance of success, and have a people's vote along the lines of "accept the deal and leave the EU" or "reject the deal and remain in the EU". Because I'm opposed to Brexit, I'd want to ensure we have the best possible chance of winning a second referendum, so that would mean talking to leave voters to find out why they voted that way, and addressing their concerns to change their minds and ensure a win for remain.

Brexit is an absolute disaster, socially as well as economically. We'll need to make sure we're having full and frank conversations with everyone on both sides in the run up to any second referendum. What's clear is that we can't afford to lose. 

A democracy that can't change its mind isn't much of a democracy, and we can't take such a disastrous step on so narrow a margin unchecked.

I therefore support your call for a People's Vote.

Lisa Banes

Jonathan Fletcher

Thank you for your question.  It is no secret that I supported Remain in the Referendum/ 

I respect that the Brexit campaign won and that as such the Government was dutybound to start the negotiations to leave. 
That said I had grave concerns about the consequences for the country and for the economy in the event of a Brexit and if there was a failure to negotiate a trade and customs union with the EU that would  have enabled a smooth transition.

However as we have seen there has been total mismanagement of the negotiations and the process.  this has led to a very real prospect of us having a no deal scenario and us crashing out of the EU rather than any chance of a smooth transition. 


Consequently we are now facing a  major crisis as is evident by the fact that the Government has considered it necessary to stockpile food and medicines.  The reality of this is that we are now not only facing potential food shortages, which could mean rationing but one has to wonder what will happen in the event of the medicine stock pile running out.  In addition we face the possible situation that not only will we lose access to one of the biggest and most valuable free trade markets in the world we will also not have any other trade deals in place. Which means we would be subject to WTO rules that means exports will be subject to tariffs and consequently  higher costs to business which may well lead to possible job losses and a severe impact on the economy which will inevitably lead to a financial crisis that will set our country back a generation.

With that in mind I believe that it is imperative to have a "People's Vote on the final outcome of the negotiations and whether we want to proceed with Brexit.

Yours in solidarity

Jonathan Fletcher

NEC Candidate

I'd say that a vote on the final deal should be done by parliamentarians as the British public is just not sufficiently well informed on mass to make the judgement that is involved with immensely complicated issues relating to Brexit and the clear and obvious bias that the right wing media has in misrepresenting even basic facts. Personally, I am slightly torn as I'd like to avoid leaving the EU, but I also feel it is slightly inappropriate to hold multiple referendium on the same issue within such a short space of time. I might however, support a referendum that offered a transferable vote or preference ranking of degrees of leaving as it certainly wasn't clear during the first referendum what level of divergence from the EU was being called for by the various leave campaigns. I think that the single market, customs union, court of justice, and other elements of being involved with EU institutions could legitmately asked in a referendum as they were not a component of the first referendum's question.

Ultimately, I think that making sure that we have none racist immigration policies and have a constructive foreign policy to work responsibility with other nations within Europe and beyond is more important than whether we are inside or outside the EU law making process or not. In my opinion, Britain has been a negative force within the EU from Margaret Thatcher to the present with the undermining of the better commitment to social justice most of the other members clearly have, so that our influence in EU lawmaking may in fact be a positive in that regard. The continuing forces of globalisation will mean that however determined the anti-europeans are, integration with Europe and the wider world will continue whether they like it or not.

Having said this, the policy of the party should be made by members of the party as a whole not by members of the National Executive, and while the shadow cabinet should always continue to develop policy positions it is ultimately conference that should set what we collectively work towards and if conference decides that a second referendum is what they want us collectively to strive for, I would do the best I could to make sure that it happens and that the result we want is achieved.

I understand this might not be what all your members wish to hear from me as understandably there is a great deal of concern about this and many strongly held positions. However, I did want to express my view in full honesty and as frankly as I was able to.

All the best 

James

​​Thank You for getting in touch on behalf of Labour Against Brexit, I am grateful for having the opportunity to let your members know of my position on Brexit and where I stand on the idea of a People’s Vote.

As a former employee for the North East’s two Labour MEPs I have first hand experience of working in the European Union, and have seen the benefits that the UK has received from our European Union Membership; especially in my region of the North East, which is set to be hardest hit by any Brexit deal.

During the EU Referendum I sought to share these benefits with the people of Northumberland, working for the official Labour IN for Britain Campaign as their Northumberland Organiser. I believe the arguments we made then about the EU being the best deal for Britain remains true today and echo your concerns about Brexit threatening our workers rights, consumer protections and environmental regulations.

Personally, I believe that leaving the EU, no matter what the deal, will damage our country and its people, which is why I back a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal with the option of remaining in the EU on the ballot. I also believe that Labour members should be given the chance to change our party’s policy on Brexit through a debate at national conference.

Thank You for getting in contact, and if there is anything more I can do please feel free to get back in touch, or check my Facebook and Twitter by searching for @stanners4NEC.

Kind regards,

Stephen Stanners

labour4EU@labouragainstbrexit.co.uk

By the strength of our common endeavour

Johanna Baxter

I am pro a People’s Vote on the final deal and have campaigned for this over the past few months. I don’t believe people voted for the Brexit the Tories are pushing forward and we can only confirm this with a referendum on that deal.

Mary Wimbury

Gary Spedding

I oppose Brexit for a number of reasons, mainly due to the impact this will have upon the already fragile peace process in Northern Ireland. I share the position that Labour should seek to remain within the European Union and I would also go further in saying that it is the responsibility of Labour to get out into local communities and push back against the toxicity, racism and xenophobia that has come about due to the impoverishing of those communities by the Tory austerity project and the manipulations of the far-right. 

I firmly support a vote on the final Brexit deal. It is for the people of this country to democratically determine their own future and we cannot simply leave this most significant matter to the elitist currently in power to negotiate and agree upon. When people voted in the 2016 referendum they were asked a simple question to an extremely complex matter. Nothing was explained properly to the electorate and very few ordinary people on the street would have been aware that exiting the European Union would require a deal in order to progress forward on such. People absolutely have a right to decide what kind of deal we approve of with the European Union in the event that Brexit isn't stopped.

I hope this answers your questions.


Sincerely yours,


Gary

Nicola Morrison

First of all, thank you for the work you are doing as the Labour Against Brexit campaign. And thank you for putting Europe at the heart of the NEC campaign. 

I’ve always been a strong authentic pro-European voice. I’ve argued for remaining at the heart of Europe and against Brexit in the referendum and continue to do so. 

I want the whole Labour Party to come together and fight a hard and vicious Brexit, and for us to hammer the Tories and the right on this. I will be a strong voice for Europe on the NEC and against Brexit, and for a people’s vote on whatever deal Theresa May manages to get. The Leave campaign had no plan, and the referendum was won on a falsehood. A third referendum I believe is inevitable. I’m saying third because we won’t the first referendum in 1975 66-34 to enter the EU. The second referendum we lost 48-52 and it was Nigel Farage who said if it was 52-48 he’d keep going. Well the whining right have been banging on about Europe for years, and I’ll continue to be positive about Europe. 

Brits don’t quit, and we just had a referendum where the right wing was arguing that we should quit, and we shouldn’t have quit, and I still don’t think we should quit. We should remain and try and make things more positive and better. 

So, in short, vote for me and I’ll continue to be a strong pro-European voice on the NEC for a people’s vote and against a hard and vicious Brexit and for giving Labour Party members a bigger say on our Party’s position on Europe. 

Thanks for getting in touch. 

Eddie 

Labour Against Brexit

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Thanks for getting in touch. I am replying with a quick response as I got married this Saturday and am currently abroad on honeymoon!


In terms of Brexit, I have to say the more time goes on the more unequivocal I have become. Even those that campaigned for Brexit during the referendum were then not advocating leaving the Customs Union and Single Market.

I’m sorry to say I don’t think the current official Labour Party policy of the 6 Brexit tests goes far enough to satisfy me that we won’t do our country irrevocable self harm if we continue with Brexit. 
I think we as a party shouldn’t mirror Teresa May in coming up with a fudge but should instead take a clear anti hard Brexit stance. If elected onto the NEC I will make this case again and again so there is balance of opinion in the NEC. I would insist we take a more practical approach and look into the many economic findings on the implications of Brexit instead of relying on Lexit aims which I believe is unicorn politics!
In my part of the world 79% of Lambeth residents voted to remain in the EU. We have more than 30,000 European citizens in Lambeth and I for one don’t believe my friends and neighbours should be treated as bargaining chips. 

If official Labour Party policy remains to support Brexit then if elected to the NEC I would strongly advocate at a minimum, keeping membership of the single market and customs union.

I actually took part in the march for a People’s vote on 23rd June in London supporting LabourSay calling on Labour members to be able to vote on Labour Party Brexit policy at conference. 

My preferred aim is that once the Tory government concludes the shambolic negotiations with the EU the people should be asked to vote. I would hope that Brexit can be stopped for many reasons including the facts that:
1. Vote Leave cheated
2. The vote was based on lies eg £350m a week  for the NHS
3. The tide in public opinion has turned so that multiple opinion polls show more than 70% say Brexit is going badly
4. Unimaginable that Brexit threatens peace in Northern Ireland 
5. I also find the Labour Party silence on the prospect that Russia interfered and influenced the vote baffling. This is surely a matter of national security
6. No one voted to make the UK poorer and the fact that even the government’s own report shows GDP adversely affected by all Brexit outcomes means the people really do now need a say of whether this is what we actually want.

I would hope that the false Brexit narrative of taking back control can be destroyed and equally false hard left Labour Lexit ideas can also be challenged. 

I hope I have answered your questions.

Many thanks again 
Marianna ​