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Labour Must Back Ratification Referendum - Cortes

24 February 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has called for a 'Ratification Referendum' as Labour 'rises to reject' the imposed choice of May's Deal vs No Deal.

In an article for the New Statesman Cortes says ‘ratification by the public of any deal is now the call our Labour Party must make. Including on May’s no deal’.

He goes on the describe it as ‘the neatest solution to bring Brexit peace’ and a ‘patriot gift’ to the country from Jeremy Corbyn.

In what’s being seen as a major intervention in Labour’s Brexit debate Cortes praises John McDonnell for showing the Labour leadership is ‘prepared to make the stabilising call our economy now needs’ in stating that should a deal agreed by the Commons be rejected in a public vote then Remain is the default position.

Cortes called a Ratification Referendum ‘the route map’ which will ‘ensure Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy as a man of peace’. He praises Corbyn and Keir Starmer for their skill in bringing Leavers and Remainers together while keeping all options on the table.

He goes on to say that across the Labour and the Trade Union movement the coming impact of Brexit is concentrating minds. On Friday Unite leader Len McCluskey clarified on Twitter that his union’s policy ‘allows us to campaign for a people’s vote on the deal.’

Also John Cryer, a Lexitier and chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, has told constituents he will vote for a Labour backbench amendment (by Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson).

This proposes that Theresa May’s Deal should be passed by MPs but only on the proviso the country would thereafter get a ‘confirmatory’ vote on the deal.

The full article by Manuel Cortes can be viewed here

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