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TSSA launches People before Brexit campaign

15 June 2018

TSSA is launching a People Before Brexit campaign with a major rally next week at Congress House, the symbolic home of Britain's trades union movement

Earlier this week TSSA's annual conference committed our transport and travel industry union to campaign for a new referendum on any Brexit deal agreed by Parliament and for 16 and 17 year olds to be given a vote in that referendum.

TSSA also remains committed to supporting and promoting Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto but will begin to bring together the growing number of those who, now better informed than at the 2016 referendum, don't want a Tory negotiated Brexit imposed without returning a decision on the terms of the deal to a plebiscite.

The People Before Brexit launch rally, which takes place on Thursday night (June 21) will be hosted by TSSA member on Labour's NEC, Andi Fox who will preside over a panel of leading trades unionists, MPs and peers, and manufacturing voices who want to return a decision on any Brexit vote back to the British people as a "safety valve" on the Brexit process. Senior European figures who want Britain to remain partnered will also be represented.

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Said TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes,

"Our conference last weekend mandated us to campaign against this Tory Brexit which is failing our country before it lands us in even deeper water. We have been instructed by our members to work with others of like mind to put their concerns and those of other workers at the fire of the Brexit debate.
"Our members also made it clear that Brexit should not be used as another stick to beat Jeremy Corbyn with. For us, a Labour government committed to a manifesto for the many is a far bigger prize than Tory Brexit. I am delighted that we will be hosting voices from across the trade union and labour movement who agree with us that the Brexit squeeze on workers is already not worth the juice and want to formulate a pro-Corbyn Brexit exit strategy.
"Tory politicians got us into the mess of Brexit in the first place as they put their party and political ambitions before country. As the late Robin Cook said, when he rightly resigned over the Iraq War, the longer he spent in Parliament the more he came to trust "the good sense and collective wisdom of the British people"
"Our members believe the British public, now better informed than in 2016, have had a Brexit cooling-off period. The right thing to do now is to trust the collective wisdom of the many by giving them a say on the final outcome of Brexit negotiations in a referendum. No-one wants a continuation of this ruinous Brexit other than the Tory few who are guiding it".

Said Musicians Union General Secretary, Horace Trubridge,

“Brexit could potentially do so much damage to our culture and our musicians. Freedom of movement has become fundamental to the way that British musicians work. It is an important part of making a living. If you get a gig in the EU right now, you can pack your car and go. If you’re planning a tour, you can do so without forms coming out of your ears and the expense of visa applications. If you get last minute session work, you know you won’t get stuck at the border and miss the performance. Brexit puts musicians’ ability to work in the EU – and earn an income from live performance – at risk.

“We’ve also always been – artistically and culturally – a very welcoming country. We love artists coming over here and collaborating with our musicians. If we become less welcoming, they simply won’t come. Our reputation as a country that embraces all arts and culture will be severely damaged.”

Said fashion designer, Katherine Hamnett

"I can't see any reason, socially economically, culturally, educationally, environmentally and National Health wise why we should go ahead with this disastrous course for our country. It is the worst decision since Iraq. 92% of the fashion industry think Brexit is bad for their business. Brexit makes no economic sense for rich or poor. Antonio Adjani, President of the European Parliament said, "If the British voters changed their minds they would be welcomed back with open arms. And Jeremy Corbyn said "Europe is best reformed from within." So, let's support cancelling Brexit."

Said Catherine West MP,

"Since the result of the EU Referendum, I have continued to make the case for a positive and progressive relationship with the EU.
"The Government’s current approach to Brexit is reckless and irresponsible. It risks damaging our economy, isolating us from our European neighbours and creating a bonfire of workers’ rights and environmental protections.
"Most worrying still, the Government is using the EU Withdrawal Bill to downgrade and subvert the role of Parliament by passing sweeping powers to Government Ministers to make decisions on Brexit.
"I will continue to fiercely oppose this Government’s chaotic approach to Brexit." 

Said former Labour Transport Minister, Lord Andrew Adonis,

"The Tory Brexit is going to destroy jobs and living standards. Labour and the trade unions are fighting to protect jobs - which is why there's now such huge support for a people's vote to stop Brexit and instead promote policies for more and better jobs."

Said Best For Britain Chief Executive, Eloise Todd,

"It’s vital Labour listens to its members, unions and voters and pushes for a people’s vote: the obsession with leaving the EU has always been a Tory problem and Labour must be on the right side of history on this"

Said General Secretary of the Musicians Union, Horace Trubridge

“Brexit could potentially do so much damage to our culture and our musicians. Freedom of movement has become fundamental to the way that British musicians work. It is an important part of making a living. If you get a gig in the EU right now, you can pack your car and go. If you’re planning a tour, you can do so without forms coming out of your ears and the expense of visa applications. If you get last minute session work, you know you won’t get stuck at the border and miss the performance. Brexit puts musicians’ ability to work in the EU – and earn an income from live performance – at risk.

"We’ve also always been – artistically and culturally – a very welcoming country. We love artists coming over here and collaborating with our musicians. If we become less welcoming, they simply won’t come. Our reputation as a country that embraces all arts and culture will be severely damaged.”

 

The rally takes place on Thursday June 21, at 7pm at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London.

Confirmed speakers now include fashion designer Katherine Hamnett, Labour MPs Geraint Davies and Catherine West, TSSA's Manuel Cortes, Musicians' Union, General Secretary Horace Trubridge, Labour MEP Julie Ward plus European MPs. More to follow.
 

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