Brexit is an existential dilemma for the UK

Author: James Beckles, London (Labour Party)


Brexit is an existential dilemma for the UK.

The debate about how we want to be governed, who will exercise power over us and what is the real meaning of democracy have all come to the fore since the EU referendum result in 2016.

Since the European elections were announced and I was selected as a Labour MEP candidate for London; I have been on the streets, leafleting, knocking doors and crucially talking to people about the upcoming elections and Brexit.

I remain committed to campaigning for a People's Vote but I'm not myopic and realise others have differing opinions.

This can often result in interesting exchanges but what comes out at the end of these are that people including myself care about the future of our country and its place in the world.

One gentleman told me he had always voted labour however he was voting for the Brexit Party because he wanted to respect the referendum decision and tackle the domestic issues which are pending and unresolved due to the ongoing and what seems like neverending Brexit process.

I share the sentiment that domestic priorities are not being resolved, however I disagree voting for the Brexit Party and their brand of divisive nationalism, as espoused by Nigel Farage will heal the nation and address the societal defects we are surrounded by.

The Brexit Party has no manifesto beyond Brexit at all costs, whatever the cost to people.

I'm supported in my efforts by a party that has a progressive manifesto for Europe and the UK. Yes we could be firmer on our commitment to a People's Vote and I would urge that we adopt this stance.

But I know we want to heal the divide between Remainers and Leavers, British and EU nationals and the UK and EU.

We are a European country and maintaining the closest relationship possible with our EU neighbours is paramount for our collective future.

 

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James Beckles, London (Labour Party)

About the Author

James Beckles, London (Labour Party)

I’m standing in the European Elections because I care about the future of the UK and the opportunities that will be deprived from young people and all those who currently benefit from what the EU has to offer.

This includes workers’ rights, environmental protection, Erasmus, freedom of movement, the single market and the customs union. Not to mention our shared values of democracy, pluralism and tolerance.

I was dismayed by the initial EU referendum vote in 2016 and I’ve been continually disappointed by the lack of progress in the withdrawal negotiations. The multiple red lines imposed by the Tory government has meant that we were never going to agree a deal that would retain some of the benefits of membership such as a compromise EEA membership the so-called “Norwegian Model” or a deal that seriously safeguards the Good Friday Agreement. Theresa May while appeasing those who want a hard Brexit has jeopardised peace in Northern Ireland and the finances of ordinary people and families who will be hardest hit by a tariff heavy no deal Brexit.

So I’m standing to ensure those concerns are not forgotten in the debate about whether we stay or go or the type of deal we get. I want guarantees for the rights of workers, people from minority groups like me and to make sure  environmental regulations will be protected and not lowered but enhanced if or when we leave the EU.

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James Beckles, London (Labour Party)

About the Author

James Beckles, London (Labour Party)

I’m standing in the European Elections because I care about the future of the UK and the opportunities that will be deprived from young people and all those who currently benefit from what the EU has to offer.

This includes workers’ rights, environmental protection, Erasmus, freedom of movement, the single market and the customs union. Not to mention our shared values of democracy, pluralism and tolerance.

I was dismayed by the initial EU referendum vote in 2016 and I’ve been continually disappointed by the lack of progress in the withdrawal negotiations. The multiple red lines imposed by the Tory government has meant that we were never going to agree a deal that would retain some of the benefits of membership such as a compromise EEA membership the so-called “Norwegian Model” or a deal that seriously safeguards the Good Friday Agreement. Theresa May while appeasing those who want a hard Brexit has jeopardised peace in Northern Ireland and the finances of ordinary people and families who will be hardest hit by a tariff heavy no deal Brexit.

So I’m standing to ensure those concerns are not forgotten in the debate about whether we stay or go or the type of deal we get. I want guarantees for the rights of workers, people from minority groups like me and to make sure  environmental regulations will be protected and not lowered but enhanced if or when we leave the EU.

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