The following motion was moved by Stephen McNair and carried by members at a General meeting of the CLP on 18th August 2017.
Conference respects the outcome of the 2016 Referendum, but notes that the political, social and economic implications of this were unclear, that the margin in favour of leave was extremely narrow, and that only 37% of the electorate supported this outcome.
The Party therefore supports the UK leaving the EU, provided that the final agreement with the rest of the EU can achieve the outcomes promised by the Leave campaign, and which were reflected in the six tests laid out by the Shadow Secretary of State at Chatham House in March. Such an outcome would be widely supported by the electorate, and Ministers have asserted that such an agreement is possible.
However, since a settlement which failed to achieve any of these outcomes would be worse than remaining in the Union, Conference supports leaving the European Union, only if the six principles outlined by the Shadow Secretary of State can be met. Should this not prove possible, we demand direct democratic authority for the final settlement, either through a referendum on the specific terms, or through a General Election, in either of which the Labour Party will campaign strongly for the UK to remain in, and help to reform, the European Union.
There were 5 motions debated and carried by members at the 18th Auguist 2017 general meeting. As our CLP can only submit one for debate at annual conference members present at the meeting were ballotted to chose one motion from the five agreed. The outcome of that ballot was that this one was chosen by members to go forward to 2017 Annual Conference.