Labour Irish AGM calls for EU final say vote

The Labour Party Irish Society has overwhelming voted in favour of giving the public a final say whether or not we leave the European Union.

LPIS Secretary Matthew Doyle, who moved the motion at the AGM on behalf of the executive, said: 

"It's a tragedy that the people of Northern Ireland, who voted to stay in the European Union, don't have a voice in the House of Commons other than the DUP. We have a special responsibility to be that voice

"It's right that we as the Labour Party Irish Society take the lead by speaking out now to say that there is no better deal that the one we have now with Britain and Ireland together in the European Union.

"The politicians are deadlocked. It’s time to give the public a final say in a referendum so that we can protect the peace and prosperity that Britain and Ireland have enjoyed since the Good Friday Agreement and keep the benefits of our European Union membership."

The full text of the motion said:

"The Labour Party Irish Society notes that Northern Ireland voted on 23rd June 2016 to stay in the European Union by 56% to 44%. We believe that there is no deal as good as the current deal we have with our membership of the European Union.

"We believe that leaving the European Union threatens jobs, living standards and rights in Britain and Ireland, as well as jeopardising the peace process. We believe that there is no satisfactory technological solution that is compliant with the Good Friday Agreement and resolve to oppose any Brexit deal that would see the restoration of a border of any sort on the island of Ireland, in any form, for goods, services or people.

"We note the unprecedented parliamentary vote against Theresa May's deal on 15th January 2019 and regret the failure of Labour's no confidence motion on 16th January. The Labour Party Irish Society believes that the Labour Party should therefore now campaign for a public 'final say' vote in line with our annual conference policy passed in September 2018.

"We believe that the option to 'Remain' should be on the ballot paper. And we believe the Labour Party should campaign for a 'Remain' vote in any such referendum. The Labour Party Irish Society resolves to campaign to these ends."