Following an interesting presentation and lively discussion, the following motion was passed:
This Branch notes that the Party will respect the referendum result and will not oppose the invoking of Article 50 of the Lisbon Convention. In the light of this, the Branch proposes:
a) That the Party should vigorously oppose any outcome from Brexit which leads to a greater dependence of the UK economy on the financial and banking sectors;
b) That the Party should unconditionally resist any outcome from Brexit which leads to greater dependence of the UK on the USA;
c) That the Party calls on the Government to reintroduce measures ensuring that the positive net tax contribution made by EU immigrants is redistributed to areas with the highest levels of immigration.
d) That the Party calls on the Government to strictly enforce regulations regarding employment conditions for all workers, whatever their provenance.
e) That the Party calls on the Government to seek to protect the rights of UK subjects to study, work, travel and reside within the EU, and that this should be a ‘red-line’ in its negotiations.
f) That the Party should demand that the final agreement with the EU on Brexit should be subject to parliamentary approval.
g) That the Party associates itself with the Namur Declaration and calls on the Government not to negotiate any trade agreements with third countries which threaten public services.
h) That the party calls on the government not to negotiate trade agreements with countries with poor human rights records.
i) That the Party should continue to work closely with sister parties around Europe to introduce reforms where reforms are needed.