Labour’s “Economic Redlines” for Brexit Negotiations
1st July 2016: Labour today set out the economic principles it expects to be part of any negotiations about the UK relinquishing its EU Membership status.
This morning speaking at the Royal Festival Hall in London, John McDonnell MP, the Shadow Chancellor announced five principles upon which Labour will judge any negotiated deal – and would have to be met for Labour to give backing for a vote to trigger Article 50.
Last Thursday’s vote to Leave the European Union has opened a period of intense political and economic uncertainty.
- The UK’s triple-A credit rating has been lost.
- Sterling markets have been in turmoil, as have stock markets here and abroad.
- Some employers, most notably in financial services, are already looking to relocate jobs. A quarter of those employers say they will introduce a hiring freeze.
- Shares in UK banks have fallen most dramatically.
- Looking ahead, most major forecasters have revised their expectations of future growth sharply downwards.
- A major loss of capacity, with the potential for permanent damage to the UK’s growth prospects, cannot be ruled out. The challenges ahead are immense.
We need to look beyond the immediate economic situation, and towards a possible future for the UK and its relationship to the EU.
The people have spoken, and their decision must be respected. We now need to do more work to find out which elements of our European relationship our people want to preserve, and which must be changed.
We believe the following 5 principles should outline an initial path through negotiations.
First, our aim must be to ensure freedom of trade for UK businesses in the EU, and freedom of trade for EU businesses in the UK.
Second, no EU citizen currently living or working in the UK will have their residency rights affected. No UK citizen currently living or working in the EU will have their rights affected.
Third, existing protections at work provided by the EU must be maintained.
Fourth, the UK’s role in the European Investment Bank should be maintained.
And fifth, the rights of UK financial services companies to win business across the EU must be maintained.
Any path through the negotiations that does not respect these guidelines will be liable to have severe consequences for jobs and protections at work.
Labour is prepared, in the national interest, to work with whoever necessary to ensure that the best interests of British working people are secured.
Jeremy Corbyn has established since he became leader 9 months ago, excellent working relationships with the leaders of socialist and social democratic partners and progressive movements across Europe.
Over the coming period we will be seeking to meet them to enlist their aid in securing the best deal we can for Britain in a new relationship with Europe.
Politicians in all political parties have an immense responsibility on their shoulders. We need to concentrate fully now on the country’s and our people’s interests.
June 23rd, 2016.
By-election Sunninghill & South Ascot ward (Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead).
A by-election has been called following the resignation of Conservative councillor George Bathurst, citing committments to his Windsor Link Railway project. The Labour Party candidate is Spike Humphrey, a South Ascot resident with strong commitment to local community life. A member of Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council, and Vice Chair of the Governors at Charters School, Spike has also recently been elected to the Council of Governors at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. He has campaigned successfully to Save Heatherwood Hospital, and for a 'Yes' vote on the Neighbourhood Plan, which was supported by 93% of the voters.
Spike believes we need to insist on adequate funding and a coordinated plan to ensure local services can cope with the planned development of the area (with up to 600 new houses planned): including schools, roads and health provision. Significant funds will be generated from the developers through the Community Infrastructure Levy, but recent changes to planning rules mean the majority of this money can be spent anywhere in the Royal Borough - rather than in the area where the building impact is felt.
Spike promises to be single-minded in defence of the needs of Sunninghill & South Ascot residents.
SAVE HEATHERWOOD HOSPITAL
Regular Monthly Meetings (unless stated otherwise) on 2nd Wednesday of the month
- All members are invited to attend and participate openly
- Tea, Coffee and Light refreshments provided or purchasable
- Plenty of free parking available
- Meetings start at 20:00 and tend to close by 22:00
The next monthly Branch meeting is a fundraising social on Wednesday July 13th , at The Rajvoog restaurant, Sunninghill High Street.
- Labour's campaign to remain in the EU: "Labour IN for Britain" - check here for future action e.g. Ascot and Windsor street stalls
WE have now held four successful street stalls in Windsor and one in Ascot High Street. Eager walkers have also delivered 2000 Labour IN leaflets to homes in Windsor Constituency and helped out with Bracknell deliveries too. We will be calling on more help as the days go by to help get our positive message about remaining in Europe across.
- Voter Registration - ongoing
If you haven't registered to vote, it only takes a couple of minutes. Go to gov.uk/register-to-vote
Current Local Campaigns:
- Heatherwood Hospital and the NHS
- Fair Funding for All Borough Schools
REFUGEE FUNDRAISER CONCERT AT JAGZ A SUCCESS
The November concert supported by Ascot Labour and St Michael's Church, Sunninghill, was a great success, raising £1000 to help towards efforts in the recent refugee crisis. All proceeds from the night are going to the British Red Cross European Refugee Crisis Appeal.
As organisers, we would like to thank not only local residents and businesses for their generosity but also owners of the Jagz Club (Inn at the Station) and all the musicians whose services were provided free of charge.
Yvette Cooper is heading up Labour's Refugee Task Force and all present were encouraged to sign her petition (below and earlier on this page) to get the Government to increase their support.
Chuck Chandler and Friends of the Go Go Five, and Christine Al-Wakil from Shifty Little Sister.
Events of the recent past:
Labour's Annual Conference in Brighton, September 2015
Lesley Hunter, Ascot Branch Chair, was this year's delegate from Windsor Constituency and will be presenting her conference report at Ascot's and Windsor's November meetings.
General view of Conference Hall
Awaiting Leader's speech
Lesley and Anna meet Jeremy Corbyn
Keith Vaz hosts his annual Diversity Nite Party: Keith pictured with Spike and Lesley from Ascot Branch and Yvonne Olney from Windsor Constituency.
Sunningdale Area Carnival - Sunday, September 13th 2015
We enjoyed our regular stand at the annual local carnival. Families always enjoy our games but this year was unique in terms of interest in the Party - lots of good conversations with the public and several taking away membership applications.
Our stand at the Sunningdale Area Carnival
This year: Kester the Jester has a better idea for the hoops!
Other past events:
Windsor Constituency Summer-Fundraiser Garden Party and BBQ: Sunday July 12th , Eton Wick. It rained but we still had a good time!
Ascot Branch Summer-Fundraiser Indian Meal: at Rajvoog Restaurant, Sunninghill High Street. Delicous food and excellent company.
The Thatched Tavern Christmas Branch Fundraiser Meal - 16 guests attended a fundraiser meal where raffle prize were won! A great event which will be repeated again this year.
and........we are always open to your suggestions for future fundraising events.