The people have voted, and the decision is for the UK to leave the European Union.
Whichever way you voted, many will feel a sense of relief that the referendum is over. The mainstream debate became increasingly nasty and divisive as it neared yesterday’s climax, with friends on all points of the political spectrum taking opposing sides. We now need to rebuild our alliances behind the vision of a world we can all believe in.
War on Want took the decision early on not to campaign either to leave or remain in the EU, but used the debate to give people a deeper insight into what the EU institutions mean in practice. In particular, we drew people towards our campaign against the EU-US trade deal TTIP, which became a central theme in the more thoughtful contributions on both sides of the debate.
War on Want will work with sister organisations across Europe to continue the campaign against the EU’s damaging free trade deals. As the UK now turns to develop its own relations with the rest of the world, we will also build the call for a progressive trade and investment policy from Westminster. We must ensure that the Leave vote cannot be claimed as a mandate for the UK to develop its own trade deals on the negative lines that it has traditionally supported within the EU.
Please take action right now on CETA, the toxic EU-Canada trade deal that is being prepared for ratification as we speak. Like TTIP, CETA includes the provision for transnational corporations to sue governments in their own privileged court system for introducing any laws or regulations that could harm their profits in future. And it still matters to the UK, despite yesterday’s vote, because once CETA has been ratified, this power will continue to apply to the UK even after we have left the EU.
The news coming out of Brussels is that the European Commission is now seeking to deny national parliaments a vote on CETA – despite numerous promises that the deal would have to be approved by parliamentarians in every EU member state.
Please call on David Cameron urgently to block CETA unless UK MPs are guaranteed a vote on it. Anything else would be a massive betrayal of our democracy.
We were appalled to see the scapegoating of migrants and refugees that became such a feature of the EU referendum debate. War on Want will be launching a campaign this autumn for migrant workers’ rights – please join us now to be part of the campaign.
If you are already a member we would like to say thank you for your support which will enable us to rise to the fresh challenges ahead.
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