I have had quite a bit of debate over the last week with comrades who should know better about Labour’s position on the EU. In a nutshell, the centre-right of the Labour Party seem to take the view that what we have got is the best we are going to get, therefore we should shut up and put up with the current relationship with the EU.
Paul Cotterill at Though Cowards Flinch builds on a proposal from Caroline Lucas to suggest an amendment to the current, predominantly Tory, motion which, if defeated would allow Labour to vote against the substantive resolution on a principled position rather than the current ‘don’t rock the boat’ position. Paul suggests something along the lines of…
renegotiate the terms of its [the UK's] membership in order to create a new relationship based on peaceful co-operation, democratic accountability, citizen rights, economic and environmental sustainability.
That’ll do for me!