MOTION OF THE MONTH: Model motions on the EU referendum – Against Brexit, for a Workers’ Europe

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Please find below three model motions on the EU referendum

1. Model motion for branch Labour Parties and CLPs.
2. Model motion for union branches.
3. Shorter version of union motion.

Please also put in other campaigning organisations. Feel free to adapt!

OPPOSE EXIT FROM THE EU – ANOTHER EUROPE IS POSSIBLE
Model motion for Labour Party branches and CLPs

Believes
1. That UK withdrawal from the EU would be a victory for the nationalist right and for their campaign against migrants.
2. That while the EU promotes a neo-liberal agenda, Britain leaving would not change things for the better. Immediately, it would mean a right-wing government continuing that agenda, but with higher barriers between us and our potential allies for change in Europe.
3. That the labour movement should combine opposing “Brexit” with campaigning, in every country and in unity across Europe, for: an end to austerity and a levelling up of wages, conditions, services and rights across the continent; democratic reform of the EU including a sovereign EU Parliament; freedom of movement and an end to “Fortress Europe”.

Further believes
1. That the “Britain Stronger in Europe” campaign, which is dominated by Tories and business people, lauds Cameron’s attempts to “reform” the EU by cutting back workers’ and migrants’ rights. The party was absolutely right to launch its own separate campaign.
2. That we should welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s recent speech saying that: “In the referendum campaign Labour will be making it clear we stand up for public ownership and accountability”.
3. We also agree with Jeremy that: “We also want to see progressive reform in Europe: democratisation, stronger workers’ rights, sustainable growth and jobs at the heart of economic policy, and an end to the pressure to privatise and deregulate public services.”
4. That the Labour “in” campaign needs to stake out its own distinctive progressive, labour movement agenda on this basis.
5. That the “Another Europe is Possible” campaign, which is supported by a range of Labour Party figures, is campaigning against exit on a similar basis.

Resolves
1. To campaign for Britain to stay in the EU on the basis set out above.
2. To work with AEIP as well as the official party campaign, inviting speakers from both.
3. To write to Alan Johnson calling for the Labour campaign to stake out a clear left-wing agenda based on opposing austerity and fighting for public services, workers’ rights and migrants’ rights.

OPPOSE EXIT FROM THE EU – FIGHT FOR A WORKERS’ EUROPE
Model motion for union branches

Believes:
1. That UK withdrawal from the European Union in the upcoming referendum would be a victory for the nationalist right and their campaign against migrants, including members and potential members of our union.
2. That while the EU promotes privatisation and neoliberalism, the current UK government will press ahead with its attacks on working-class people in or out of the EU; and exit would mean higher barriers between us and our potential allies for resistance in other countries.
3. That the biggest “In” campaign, “Britain Stronger in Europe”, is dominated by Tories and business people and cannot possibly act as a voice for working-class interests, workers’ unity across Europe or migrants’ rights. Cameron wants to remain in the EU on the basis of cutting back workers’ rights and attacking migrants, and Britain Stronger in Europe actually trumpets this!
4. That we should respond to the capitalist semi-unification of Europe by building stronger working-class and socialist links across the continent, organising a united struggle, and pushing forward towards a united Workers’ Europe – not by seeking to re-raise national barriers.

Further believes
1. That we should welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s recent speech saying that: “In the referendum campaign Labour will be making it clear we stand up for public ownership and accountability”.
2. We also agree with Jeremy that: “We also want to see progressive reform in Europe: democratisation, stronger workers’ rights, sustainable growth and jobs at the heart of economic policy, and an end to the pressure to privatise and deregulate public services.”

Resolves
1. To campaign against exit from the EU and for a Workers’ Europe.
2. To campaign for an end to austerity, and the levelling up of wages, conditions, services, and rights across Europe; for the scrapping of bureaucratic EU structures and for a sovereign, democratic European Parliament; and for freedom of movement and an end to “Fortress Europe”.
3. To promote the Another Europe is Possible initiative, which is campaigning on a similar basis.
4. To write to the official Labour Party “in” campaign calling for it to campaign on a left-wing, pro-working class basis, not on the basis of what is “good for business”, terrorism and “getting a seat at the top table”.
5. To put migrants’ rights at the forefront of our campaigning around the referendum.

OPPOSE EXIT FROM THE EU – FIGHT FOR A WORKERS’ EUROPE
Model motion for union branches (shorter version)

Believes:
1. That UK withdrawal from the EU would be a victory for the nationalist right and their campaign against migrants, including members and potential members of our union.
2. That the UK government will press ahead with its neo-liberal agenda in or out – unless we stop them.
3. That the “Britain Stronger in Europe” campaign is dominated by Tories and business people, and trumpets Cameron’s attempts to cut back workers’ and migrants’ rights – it cannot act as a voice for working-class interests, workers’ unity across Europe or migrants’ rights.

Further believes
1. That we should welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s statements that: “In the referendum campaign Labour will be making it clear we stand up for public ownership and accountability” and “We also want to see progressive reform in Europe: democratisation, stronger workers’ rights, sustainable growth and jobs at the heart of economic policy, and an end to the pressure to privatise and deregulate public services.”

Resolves
1. To campaign against exit from the EU.
2. To campaign for an end to austerity, and levelling up of wages, conditions, services, and rights across Europe; for the scrapping of bureaucratic structures and for a sovereign, democratic European Parliament; for freedom of movement and an end to “Fortress Europe”.
3. To promote the Another Europe is Possible initiative, which is campaigning on a similar basis.
4. To write to the official Labour “in” campaign, calling for it to campaign on a clearly left-wing, pro-working class basis.
5. To put migrants’ rights at the forefront of our campaigning.

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