On Wednesday 21st September, Wakefield Council debated a motion calling on our local MPs to demand that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is invoked immediately.

The motion proposed that the council ‘call on our local MPs, Mary Creagh, Yvette Cooper, Andrea Jenkyns and Jon Trickett, to demand that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is invoked immediately’.

The motion was passed, but with an amendment. The labour group inserted an amendment which altered the spirit of the motion, calling for certain conditions be met before Brexit. And on the floor of the council chamber councillors argued that brexit was ‘not a race’.

 We support the spirit of the original motion and request that the MPs publically respond to the request from Wakefield Council.

The Council Motion:

Councillor David Dews proposed the following:

This Council accepts that:-
The residents of Wakefield District voted by an overwhelming majority for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union and believe that the will of the people must be honoured.

This Council resolves:-
‘To call on our local MPs, Mary Creagh, Yvette Cooper, Andrea Jenkyns and Jon Trickett, to demand that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is invoked immediately.’

Although the motion was carried unanimously, the Labour group amended it as follows: “on the condition that they receive assurances from the Prime Minister that before Article 50 is invoked, the Government will give a firm commitment to ensuring that workers’ rights are not diminished post exit from the European Union, along with a guarantee that any European funding promised for this District is honoured, in full.”

Responding to the amendment, Councillor Dews rightly argued that workers rights legislation is already embodied in British law. Further, he said that it should be the decision of our elected government whether to continue funding projects currently funded by the EU. It is worth noting that Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor, has already committed to continue funding local government and university projects which currently receive EU funding.

Invoke Democracy Now – Yorkshire believe that applying such conditions to the brexit vote is an attempt to delay brexit and thwart the will of the people of Wakefield.

‘Invoke Democracy Now – Yorkshire’ ask MPs to honour the vote to leave – without conditions and without delay.

We look forward to receiving a positive response from our local MPs.