LOCAL ELECTIONS 2018: Labour Councillors Standing To ‘Stop Brexit’
Polling day for the local elections is under a month away and Labour is expected to make sweeping gains. However, since the General Election when it committed in its manifesto, Labour committed to Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn’s Party have been guilty of massive backsliding and are now committed to remaining in the customs union.
One group of Labour councillors are taking things a step further. Stephen Cowan, the Labour leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council in west London, has written to voters in the pro-Remain borough telling them that May’s local elections are an opportunity for them “to say no to Brexit”.
The letter, signed by two other Labour councillors says:
“You have the chance to vote Labour in the local council elections to send a clear message that you, like us, are against Brexit and the lack of certainty about the rights of EU citizens.”
In Hammersmith and Fulham, 70% of voters backed Remain in the 2016 referendum, compared 48% nationally.
Mr Cowan has written a petition, backed unanimously by Labour’s local councillors is demanding a second referendum. In what is a further challenge to Jeremy Corbyn’s authority, it says:
“Hammersmith & Fulham Labour has taken this independent stand because we believe it is the right thing to do.
Whatever happens next will affect our country and our continent for generations to come.
We are campaigning to stay in the EU.”
It is quite clear that a Labour vote on May 3rd will be a vote to reverse Brexit.