For people calling for a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, I have one question. What if Leave win a second time? A second Leave victory will not ensure the best deal for Britain.
The first referendum can’t be ignored, Article 50 has been triggered, Britain must enter into negotiations with the EU, Labour have stated clearly that they are not for ‘Hard’ brexit. Labour have stated that they have six tests for a ‘brexit’ deal:
- Does it ensure a strong and collaborative future relationship with the EU?
- Does it deliver the “exact same benefits” as we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union?
- Does it ensure the fair management of migration in the interests of the economy and communities?
- Does it defend rights and protections and prevent a race to the bottom?
- Does it protect national security and our capacity to tackle cross-border crime?
- Does it deliver for all regions and nations of the UK?
These are six ‘tests’ that other EU states can aspire to for their own citizens, with Labour leading Britain’s ‘brexit’ negotiations, Britain can lead our relationships with our European neighbours forward, not backwards as the Tories have been doing with their floundering.
The Lib Dems have trumpeted a second referendum but the Lib Dems will not win a majority position in the election, they will split the Labour vote and either gift the Tories a second majority or they will form a coalition with the Tories. Either outcome does not stop ‘brexit’, does not remove the Tories from controlling the ‘brexit’ negotiations, and will not divert Britain from the Tories’ Hard ‘brexit’.
Leave or Remain, the only party that will deliver the best deal for Britain will be Labour. The Tories will be happy to see people voting LibDem across the country because it strengthens their position. Tactical voting aside, the best deal for Britain with ‘brexit’ will come from voting Labour. Only Labour under Corbyn will stop the sell off of the NHS and return investment in Britain and turn our economy round. In 1945 Britain turned to Labour to resurrect it and Labour delivered.