Labour must come out wholeheartedly for remain to fight the climate emergency, says Magi Young. Plus letters from Ben Ashford and Christopher Clayton
John McDonnell and other shadow cabinet members this week argued for Labour to adopt a bold socialist remain position. Paul Mason (Labour has only one realistic option on Brexit – back remain, 18 June) makes clear arguments in support but omits the most important point McDonnell and Labour should be making to justify a second referendum on democratic grounds. In the nine months since Labour conference there has been an earth-shattering shift in the Overton window – the range of ideas tolerated in public discourse. This is expressed by the extraordinary spread of civil disobedience and non-violent direct action among schoolchildren and older people alike.
This political earthquake is the morphing of the vague public awareness of “climate change” to the fully blown “climate and ecological emergency”. We now know through the UN, Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough that the planet faces irreversible climate and ecological breakdown in 12 years without radical action. Extinction Rebellion has launched. Parliament and many local councils have declared a climate emergency.