August 21st, 2019
Remain Labour Campaign Supporters Overwhelmingly Support Remain Electoral Alliance
Supporters of the grassroots Remain Labour campaign have given overwhelming support to the idea of a ‘Remain Alliance’ between Labour and smaller Pro-Remain parties in the event of a snap general election.
Remain Labour surveyed its supporters to find out what they think the Labour Party should be willing to countenance to prevent the UK crashing out with ‘No Deal’ on October 31st.
Just over 1,000 supporters participated in the online survey, with more than 50% registered as Labour Party members.
96.7% said that in the event of a snap General Election, they’d support the Labour Party standing down, in some constituencies, in favour of a Remain candidate from another party who had a better chance of winning.
95.3% said that if Jeremy Corbyn was unable to command a majority in parliament, Labour should then be prepared support a short-term, interim Prime Minister from a different party in order to stop a No Deal Brexit on the 31st October.
Andrew Lewin, Founder of Remain Labour said;
“This emphatic result demonstrates that Labour members and voters are putting the national interest first. They expect the party leadership to do everything possible to stop a No Deal Brexit and are willing to form alliances with smaller parties to try to ensure the next parliament has a Remain majority.
“If a Remain Alliance is going to succeed in a snap General Election, the Labour Party has to lead it. If the Pro-Remain parties fail to work together, the only winners will be Johnson and Farage. The losers will be the poorest and most vulnerable in our society, who will be hardest hit by Brexit.”
Notes to Editors
Survey questions were:
1 - A ‘Remain Alliance’ is being proposed in the event of a snap General Election. Would you support the Labour Party standing down, in some constituencies, in favour of a Remain candidate from another party (ie Lib Dems, Greens) that had a better chance of winning? 992 people responded in favour, 33 were against.
2 - An emergency ‘Government of National Unity’ has also been suggested as a possible way to stop a No Deal Brexit. If that situation arose and if Jeremy Corbyn was unable to command a majority, do you think Labour should then support a short-term, interim Prime Minister from a different party (ie Dominic Grieve, Ken Clarke) in order to stop a No Deal Brexit on 31st October? 978 respondents in favour, 48 against
Of the 1026 people who completed the Remain Labour Campaign’s survey, 600 are Labour Party members.
The survey questionnaire was sent to Remain Labour’s supporters on August 8th, 2019.
For more information or organise an interview with Andrew Lewin, contact:
Fiona O’Farrell: firstname.lastname@example.org, 07771 933 534
About Remain Labour
Remain Labour is a grassroots campaign founded (in December 2017) with two clear objectives;
To campaign for the Labour Party to adopt a policy of supporting full British membership of the European Union, before Article 50 expires.
For that policy to be put to the British people, through either:
A manifesto commitment in any General Election that takes place before the expiry of Article 50
A referendum on the terms of an ‘exit deal’, with the referendum question including the option to remain full members of the European Union
Working with Labour activists across the country, Remain Labour is organising for pro EU motions to be sent to this year’s Labour Conference. Motion texts are here; https://www.remain-labour.co.uk/model-party-conference-motion
The campaign was responsible for around a third of the ‘contemporary’ motions sent to Labour Party conference in 2018 all of which explicitly called on the Labour Party to back a People’s Vote.