The leader of the Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, won a great victory at the annual conference for the overwhelming support of the motion on Brexit that supported his ambiguity and the rejection of the proposal that the party adopt now a commitment to the permanence of United Kingdom in the European Union. Labor will appear in elections such as the party that proposes a second referendum.
Although the freehand vote created bitterness among the supporters of the permanence and the prelude to the vote exhibited tension between factions, the conference has supported Corbyn's strategy: it will require the call for elections once Parliament blocks the march without agreement and If it forms a Government, it will negotiate a close relationship with the EU that it will consult with the alternative of remaining in the EU.
Labor will not engage in their electoral program with the march or permanence. Numerous members of the party believe that this ambiguity pushes the supporters of the permanence are to vote for the Liberal-Democrats, who a week ago pledged to cancel the Brexit process. Labor will decide their position in a special one-day conference, on an unspecified date after the elections.
The negotiations in the backroom about the proposals that were to be put to the vote were tense. Management asked supporters to adopt the permanence policy to withdraw their motion so as not to weaken the leader. They did not remove it. The Labor Foreign Minister, Emily Thornberry, pledged in her speech to support the rebel motion and campaign for permanence in a second consultation.
The speakers from both sides who took the floor, handpicked by the president of the assembly, Wendy Nichols, reiterated their adherence to Corbyn to prevent the vote from being framed as a vote on leadership. In social networks, supporters of Corbyn accused the rebels of being "blairist neo-liberals." Labor leader for Brexit, Keir Starmer, closed the debate with ambiguous measure to continue his efforts to lead the party towards the option of permanence.
Before the vote, one delegate went to the stand to point out that, during Starmer's speech, many people had entered the room and were standing at the bottom of the Brighton conference center, and that they could vote without being delegates from the constituencies or unions. President Nichols asked them to leave and said that only the votes of sitting assistants would be counted.
The presentation of the National Executive that contained the official strategy was decided by email, without meeting its members, provoking criticism even from allies of Corbyn. It was backed by a large majority of delegates, because the rebels did not see it incompatible with their ambition. But, when his proposal to adopt permanence was voted, the freehand count caused alarm.
First the supporters of motion 13 raised their hand and then the opposites. For independent observers, the "no" seemed to add more hands, but Nichols, also president of the Unison union, particularly widespread among public sector employees, said it had been approved. The party's secretary general, Jennie Formby, who sat on her right, told her that she had been rejected. Nichols accepted his opinion.
Delegates asked to vote again with cards, which accredit the representation and can be counted easier. Nichols rejected it. "If it had been approved, I would say it," he added as a scruffy shot of a serene and effective presidency of the previous debate. He dominated the commotion of tumult and the room could already sing the football fan choir that celebrates every deed of its leader: “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! .