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Petition to Jeremy Corbyn MP, Keir Starmer MP, Tom Watson MP, Iain McNicol, Richard Corbett MEP, Baroness Dianne Hayter, Matthew Pennycook MP

Jeremy Corbyn: Please #StopBrexit now.

To: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition in the UK Parliament Dear Mr Corbyn, We have now passed the half-way point between the Advisory EU Referendum vote in 2016 and the date in March 2019 earmarked by Prime Minister Theresa May for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Our petition is to ask you and your Shadow Cabinet colleagues as a matter of the utmost urgency to stop this unfathomable trajectory towards the ruination of Britain as a forward-looking, great and open nation.  We note with rapidly rising concern that virtually no progress has been made towards the ‘seamless transition’ which, with typical abandon, the Brexiteers promised those who voted to Leave.  Rather, every day brings yet more evidence that leaving the EU will inflict decades of massive, probably irreparable, damage on the United Kingdom.  We are appalled - as you must be - that, via Brexit, Britain stands to lose critical international agencies in science, medicine, banking, law and other fields.  We are horrified by the prospect of systematic long-term threats to food production, health services and other vital parts of the UK’s economic and social infrastructure.  We know that the problems Brexit poses for Eire and Northern Ireland are even more serious still. Increasingly, the evidence (emerging from the Paradise Papers and elsewhere) is that Brexit will benefit only the very wealthy, and not the 'ordinary people' across the country whom Brexit campaigners misled to secure votes for Leave.  That artifice is why currently we see representatives of the fishing industry in North-East England, the agricultural industry in Cornwall, and similar sectors in Wales, asking for special consideration. All these areas voted Leave in 2016, it now transpires against their own interests. And it would appear that the substantial vote in Scotland to Remain is simply ignored. ‘Ordinary people' have every right to feel angry about this massive deception by various wealth owners and influencers who promised huge benefits for all from Brexit, but have been able to deliver nothing beyond their possible future self-interest if the 2019 EU tax protocols are avoided. The most important task now facing Labour is to ameliorate the damage already being inflicted on the UK, including to those who were deceived by Brexiteers.  It is not appropriate to comment on the Referendum choice of these Leave voters. Rather, Labour must now deliver convincing and responsible leadership. The people of Britain deserve the truth as it now emerges, that Brexit is a disastrous idea which must be reversed forthwith. Labour must explain, urgently, that legitimate and/or perceived issues such as immigration cannot in any case be addressed fully by Brexit.  There are better, and decent, ways to cope with these issues; xenophobia is unacceptable. Likewise, our European neighbours deserve a respect and support which has thus far been withheld in the UK-EU ‘negotiations’. The future interests of ordinary British people cannot be served by uncritical acceptance of the 37% vote (of those on this occasion enfranchised), on that day in 2016 and with tragically inadequate information, to support an Advisory EU Referendum option to Leave. This vote must not over-ride the subsequent convincing evidence that Brexit would be a disaster for the UK economy, for jobs, for health services, for food production and for working and human rights in the UK. History will not excuse those who continue to press towards Brexit.  The imperative now is urgently to stop Brexit in a reasoned and dignified manner. We know from the recent statements by Lord Kerr, who wrote it, that Article 50 can be withdrawn. We, the signatories to this petition, are progressive voters who share the ambitions for fairness and equality which the Labour Party represents.  In the interests of the many, not the few, we ask you Mr Corbyn, as Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, to secure in a politically apposite manner the withdrawal of Article 50. The United Kingdom must remain in the European Union. This is a matter of extreme importance and urgency. Thank you.                                                   ~ ~ ~ Further info, see eg: Stronger in Europe - No to #Brexit, (Facebook page) Twitter accounts with the tag #FBPE (#FollowBackProEU, eg: @Hilary4RemaIN #FBPE)  (tag for posts on this petition: #TellJeremyStopBrexit) Stop #Brexit website page for news etc  

Hilary Burrage
18,039 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn MP

Change the voting age to 16

Hi, my name is Rabiah and I'm a 14 year old student at Southfields Academy. I'm currently working on a Citizenship campaign with my peers Nadija, CJ, Lewis and Tia. We chose this topic because we felt that us young people are the future and we need to express our views in political matters that will affect us one day.  The topic of 16 and 17 year old people being given the right to vote is extremely important. Older generations are being given the responsibility and the right to vote about political matters like education, housing and jobs, yet they don't use their power to help us younger generations and to prepare us for the future in a positive way. Why should we sit quiet and let other people decide our fate for us? When you turn 16, you have a range of legal rights for example: Work full time if you have left school  Be paid the National Minimum Wage for 16-17 year olds Get a National Insurance number Legally consent to having sexual intercourse and having a child If young people have these legal rights to look after themselves then how can they be irresponsible when it comes to matters that affect a whole new generation? If us young people work and pay tax whilst looking after your family etc, then why should young people sit on the side and have no say in where that tax should be spent? The main reason to why there was no debate in Parliament is because the 'concerns about the age of maturity'. If the Government can deem young people at the age of 16 to legally have sexual intercourse and maybe even become a parent, then young people should be deemed old enough to decide issues that greatly affect their life. Lastly, I believe that apathy is the biggest issue facing the UK's political system. Engaging people in elections and referendums and giving them the responsibility to decide what they want is initially a good path in fixing the UK's problems.  I would definitely appreciate people sharing their same concern as me and my group. Please promote my petition and stay updated for any more news from me and my peers.

Rabiah Mohammad
188 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Jeremy Corbyn MP

Anti-Semitism: Open letter to Jeremy Corbyn and the left on the NEC

Open letter to Jeremy Corbyn and the left on the NEC As socialist members and Labour Party supporters, we are firm opponents of all forms of racism, fascism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all other kinds of oppression. Many of us have been actively campaigning against them for many years, often alongside you, John McDonnell and other comrades.We know anti-Semitism exists in society and needs to be combatted. But we are seriously worried about the current climate in the Labour Party, where any criticism of the actions of the state of Israel is now immediately conflated with anti-Semitism. But anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism. What we are seeing is a cynical alliance between those who wish to deflect criticism of Israel and Zionism, and the right-wing in the Labour Party and the news media, who oppose your wider politics. They are thereby undermining genuine anti-racism and opposition to anti-Semitism. Their real target is you, because they oppose both your record of internationalism, in particular your lifelong support for the rights of the Palestinians, and your commitment to socialism. That is what the few bitterly oppose: the many gaining power.In the last two years, more than 300,000 people have joined the Labour Party to support your progressive politics. Not all of them will have much experience of, for example, recognising anti-Semitic tropes. We believe the best way to combat any such naivety, lack of knowledge or problematic choices of words among Labour’s membership is through open debate and discussion. It is the sort of political education that has been lacking in Labour, a party that prides itself on fighting prejudice and discrimination and championing social justice.Yet we are witnessing the development of the opposite to open and frank debate. There is now a chilling culture of fear, self-censorship, of members afraid to openly ask questions and learn, particularly on social media. We have seen many good Corbyn-supporting comrades being thrown to the wolves of the Tory Party and their supporters in the mainstream media. They are publicly smeared as Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites, racists – and have no way of fighting back against such vile accusations. These types of smears have ruined lives. Labour’s broken disciplinary procedure, that voices on all sides now accept is not fit for purpose, has actually resulted in suicides.We therefore welcome your direction to the new Labour general secretary to at last implement the recommendations of the 2016 Shami Chakrabarti report about the party’s disciplinary procedures, based on natural justice and due process. As socialists we insist on our right to continue to publicly and sharply criticise the actions of a state that brutally oppresses Palestinians and black migrants. If we stop doing this, we stop being socialists.We also believe that the Party should thoroughly investigate the attempts instigated by an Israeli agent to infiltrate and subvert the Party, as revealed in the January 2017 Al-Jazeera exposé (http://www.aljazeera.com/investigations/thelobby/ and we note that you called for an enquiry into the activities of the embassy officer who was caught discussing a plot to “take down” British politicians.The right-wing in the party will demand more and more scalps. But the history of appeasement in politics teaches us they will never be satisfied. Capitulation to their unscrupulous demands is not the answer. They can never have enough suspensions, enough expulsions, enough compromised principles, including your lifelong support for the rights of the Palestinians. We pledge to mobilise with comrades of all faiths and none to end the attacks against the Labour left, which daily damages the party’s effectiveness in helping those people most harmed by the austerity and cuts-obsessed Conservative government. We hope you will give your support.Initial signatories include:Moshé Machover, Israeli socialist and co-founder of MatzpenJackie Walker, chair of Labour Against the Witchhunt (and ex vice-chair of Momentum)Noam Chomsky, authorAsa Winstanley, investigative journalistMick Brooks, political secretary, Labour Representation CommitteeDeborah Hobson and Hassan Ahmed, co-chairs Grassroots Black LeftMike Cushman, chair Free Speech on IsraelLee Rock, Sheffield Labour Left ListGraham BashPete FirminSuzanne GannonIan Malcolm-WalkerKeith HendersonLouise ReecejonesPatrick HallChris Knight Join Labour Against the Witchhunt: http://www.labouragainstthewitchhunt.org/contact/

Labour Against the Witchhunt
6,883 supporters