Progressives must be united after EU referendum

Sign the open letter calling for unity around the 'Brexit Crisis'.   

"The EU referendum campaign and its aftermath are widely recognised as one of the most divisive political events in British post war history. 
Irresponsibly initiated by David Cameron for the narrowest reasons of internal party advantage the campaign was dominated on both sides by the voices of the right. 

The campaign also divided progressives. But those differences now need to be set aside if we are to prevent Theresa May, Cameron's unelected successor, from turning the post-Bexit negotiations into an undemocratic ramp for further attacks on the NHS, the welfare state, rights at work, and migrants. 

All those on the left, no matter which way they voted in the EU referendum, are united in wanting to defend the NHS, counter racism directed at refugees and migrants, extend the rights of trade unionists, defend civil liberties, and end the poverty and inequality created by a generation of neo-liberal economics. 

All those who wish to resolve the current political crisis to the benefit of working people should unite around this clear set of principles. Whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations they must be assessed on whether or not they close the gap between the rich and the poor, strengthen public services, extend democratic and civil liberties, including trade union rights, and combat racism. 

The political right created this mess. The political left must unite to get us out of it."

The letter has already been signed by: 

Steve Turner, Assistant General Secretary of Unite the Union

Malia Bouattia, President, National Union of Students

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, PCS

Phillipa Harvey, TUC general council 

Manuel Cortez, General Secretary, TSSA

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, NUT

Lindsey German, convenor, Stop the War Coalition

Ian Hodson, National Secretary, the Bakers Union

Kiri Tunks, junior Vice-President, NUT

Ken Loach, film maker

Shelly Asquith, vice president welfare, NUS

Andrew Murray, Chief of Staff, Unite the Union

Giles Fraser, writer and cleric

Lee Jasper, co-chair, BARAC

Francesca Martinez, comedian

Alex Kenny, NUT executive member

Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary, Peoples' Assembly

Brian Eno,  musician

John Rees, Counterfire

Alex Gordon, former President of the RMT

Weyman Bennett, Stand up to Racism

Sabby Dhalu, Stand Up to Racism

Ben Chacko, Editor, Morning Star

Who's signing

Owen Holland
Gill Ratcliffe
Neville Ball
Elaine Gercans
Tania Smith
John Gullick
Frankie Dysart
Robert Crick
Carol Freireich
Julie Skeat
Chris Lemon
Phil Street
Mike Plunkett
David Hunter
Neil Vince
Penny Eaton
Lotte Reimer
Russell West
Dave Esbester
Janet Browne
Annette Thomas
Alex Biglands
Najla El-Sharif
Sarah Peacock
Martin Badger
Tom Rubens
Ujitha de Zoysa
Pam Prior
310 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Owen Holland
    signed 2017-01-25 10:51:36 +0000
  • Gill Ratcliffe
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-24 10:40:35 +0000
    Sign the petition: Progressives must be united after EU referendum
  • Gill Ratcliffe
    @rattylol tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-24 10:40:30 +0000
    Sign the petition: Progressives must be united after EU referendum
  • Gill Ratcliffe
    signed 2017-01-24 10:38:39 +0000
  • Neville Ball
    signed 2017-01-23 23:47:05 +0000
    Neville Ball
  • Elaine Gercans
    signed 2017-01-23 22:29:09 +0000
    Elaine Gercans
  • Tania Smith
    signed 2017-01-23 20:22:13 +0000
    Tania Smith
  • John Gullick
    signed 2017-01-23 18:54:15 +0000
  • Frankie Dysart
    signed 2017-01-23 18:23:36 +0000
  • Robert Crick
    signed 2017-01-23 10:31:44 +0000
  • Carol Freireich
    signed 2017-01-23 07:42:25 +0000
  • Julie Skeat
    signed 2017-01-22 12:51:03 +0000
    Julie Skeat
  • Chris Lemon
    signed 2017-01-22 12:21:49 +0000
  • Phil Street
    signed via 2017-01-22 11:49:48 +0000
  • Mike Plunkett
    signed 2017-01-21 16:34:34 +0000
    Michael Plunkett
  • David Hunter
    signed 2017-01-21 10:00:57 +0000
  • Neil Vince
    signed 2017-01-20 19:09:26 +0000
  • Penny Eaton
    signed 2017-01-20 17:47:51 +0000
  • Lotte Reimer
    signed 2017-01-19 23:16:52 +0000
  • Russell West
    signed 2017-01-19 21:54:56 +0000
  • Dave Esbester
    signed 2017-01-19 21:04:03 +0000
  • Janet Browne
    signed 2017-01-19 18:53:35 +0000
    I am already on the email list and have been to many meetings and demos and the last PA march etc.
  • Annette Thomas
    signed 2017-01-19 18:00:51 +0000
  • Alex Biglands
    signed 2017-01-19 17:57:13 +0000
  • Najla El-Sharif
    signed 2017-01-19 14:50:54 +0000
  • Sarah Peacock
    signed 2017-01-19 12:27:58 +0000
  • Martin Badger
    signed 2017-01-19 10:58:27 +0000
    Martin Badger
  • Tom Rubens
    signed 2017-01-19 10:39:13 +0000
    I fully agree with the wording of the letter, but I think that it should include specific reference to the role that the interests of big business and big finance will play in the Brexit negotations. This is a reference notoriously lacking in the mainstream news coverage of the Brexit issue. The Left should supply people with as much information as possible on this corporate-influence factor.

    Finally, I’m sorry but I won’t be able to attend the meeting in St. Pancras.
  • Ujitha de Zoysa
    signed 2017-01-19 10:09:03 +0000
  • Pam Prior
    signed 2017-01-19 10:09:01 +0000

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