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Sep 24, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
I am still a bit bleary eyed after the #Brexit compositing meeting at #Lab18 last night, but it's vital that we establish what really happened. As you read this, a reminder that I was in the room as a delegate and John McDonnell was not.
Firstly, the leadership did make concessions. After four hours it was clear that the original text put forward by Keir's team would not satisfy the room, especially all the grassroots supporters of a #PeoplesVote. Thanks to the case we made, a new text was proposed at 11ish.
The second text was a step forward and formed the basis of the final motion. However, we were able to secure further concessions and move Labour policy on #Brexit firmly in the right direction.
The motion we agreed calls on @UKLabour to, "back a relationship with the EU that guarantees full participation in the single market". That is a significant step forward. It commits the party to backing EEA membership as an absolute minimum.
Moreover, we deleted a line which said that any public vote would be, "on the terms of Brexit".
In short, we explicitly rejected the idea that any future referendum could be between two different types of Brexit.
I wanted more for @Remain_Labour supporters & other grassroots campaigners. But... We have a motion that effectively calls for Labour to support the EEA as a minimum, rejects the idea of a referendum solely on different forms of Brexit and increases the chances of a #PeoplesVote

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