Rachel Maskell MP used her whole column this week to tell us how divided the Government is on Brexit, but (needless to say) didn’t mention Labour’s divisions nor any meaningful Labour strategy to achieve a Brexit which meets its ‘six tests’. It seems Labour’s position is to demand a General Election in preference to a ‘People’s Vote’ on May’s deal, but without stating how Labour would prevent us ‘crashing out of the EU’ on Mar 29th 2019. Even if the current deal is defeated in Parliament next month, there is no mechanism to force a General Election – the Tories could continue to ‘fiddle while Rome burns’ until we do crash out by default. And if there is another General Election, what is Labour’s platform on Brexit? Greens have stated loud and clear that the deal on the table is not what was promised in 2016 and should be put to a People’s Vote, with an option to ‘stop the clock’ if the majority now prefer ‘Remain’ to the Brexit deal now negotiated with the EU. We urgently need to unite across parties and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis which will not wait for us to squabble over Brexit.
Cllr Andy D’Agorne
Green Group leader