Labour MP David Lammy, Labour MEP Clare Moody and GMB General Secretary Tim Roache – as well as party members, campaigners and activists – will call for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal at a march and rally in Liverpool on Sunday 23 September. They are expected to be joined by Everton and England legend Peter Reid, who today adds his support to the People’s Vote campaign.
The march, which coincides with the first day of Labour’s annual conference in the city where activists are expected to debate motions calling for a vote on the Brexit deal – will assemble at St George’s Plateau in Liverpool at 1200 Hrs on Sunday, making its way through the heart of Liverpool city centre before assembling at Pier Head, where there will be speeches and events from 2pm.
Thousands of activists including Labour supporters and campaigners are expected to attend the event, while in the Conference hall delegates will be voting on whether or not Brexit should be debated as a ‘contemporary’ issue.
Polls show that an overwhelming majority of Labour Party members support a public vote on the final Brexit deal. Liverpool is a Labour stronghold, and the City’s Labour Council officially backs a People’s Vote.
The March for the Many will encourage Labour members to vote to have their say on the way the political elite like Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg have turned Brexit into a disaster. Labour’s conference is a chance to give the party the mandate it needs for a People’s Vote and to declare that the many - not just the few, should be given their say on any final Brexit deal.
Attendees at the rally are expected to include:
- David Lammy – Labour MP for Tottenham.
- Clare Moody – Labour MEP for the South West & Gibraltar.
- Tim Roache – General Secretary of the GMB trade union.
- Ann Pettifor – Economist and former economic advisor to the Labour Party.
- Peter Reid – Former Bolton Wanderers, Everton and Manchester City footballing legend.
- Bashir Ibrahim – Labour Party activist from Islington North CLP and campaigner for a People’s Vote.
David Lammy MP, a leading supporter of People’s Vote who will be speaking at the rally, said:
“A People’s Vote is not only the right thing to do for jobs, public services and the future of our young people – it’s the best way to get a radical Labour government.
“If we secure a Peoples’ Vote on the government’s final deal, Theresa May would be forced to resign. A pro-EU Labour government could then rebuild this country using the revitalised economy to introduce high investment, and restore our public services including schools and the NHS. But if we slide out of the EU with no deal in place, or the Conservatives’ proposed very bad deal, a gaping hole will be cut in the public purse. Hundreds of thousands could lose their jobs, and the poorest would be hurt disproportionately, undermining Labour’s aim to build a fairer society for the many.
“Over a hundred local Labour groups have submitted motions to Labour’s conference to change Labour’s policy so that they can back a People’s Vote on Brexit. The March for the Many in Liverpool will be an opportunity for thousands of supporters and activists to show our solidarity with those voting for a People’s Vote at Labour’s conference.”
Bashir Ibrahim, a Labour Party activist who will be speaking at the rally, said:
“No Labour members or supporters voted to make this country worse off, to harm jobs, to damage the NHS or to make this country more divided. The more the shape of the final Brexit deal becomes clear, the more it is clear that it will do nothing to improve social justice or reduce inequality.
“We are demanding our democratic voice be heard on Brexit. Since the referendum in 2016, new evidence has emerged on what we were once told would be “the easiest deal in history”. We now know the true cost of the divorce bill, as well as the impact of Brexit on the NHS, workers’ rights and public services.
“This Government has failed on Brexit: there is no mandate for its car crash proposal or for a disastrous no-deal Brexit. We won’t let them get away with a bad deal - that’s why we will be there in Liverpool making the case for a People’s Vote.
Notes to editors:
- More information about the march and rally, including the full route, can be found here: http://marchforthemany.co.uk/