By Declan Carey
A PARTY campaigning to bring Britain back into the European Union (EU) will field candidates in the London Assembly election in May.
The Rejoin EU party, with support from Volt UK, will offer Londoners a chance to vote for a pro-European list in the first UK election since the Brexit transition period ended.
Areas of London such as Lambeth and Hackney were among the highest remain-supporting constituencies in the UK in the 2016 EU referendum.
Volt UK co-president Alex Haida told Redaction Politics: “There is a lot of tribalism within the grassroots Pro-EU campaign, but Volt can put pressure on other parties to come together and reform this country.
“We need to break this tribalism. There are some Lib Dem candidates who are probably frustrated with their leadership, also Labour, Greens or even Conservatives who are pro-European and they can team up with us too.
“Volt is a tool to put pressure on other parties and create a progressive alliance.
“We are in discussions with other candidates and we are trying to cooperate with these people.”
One of Volt UK’s goals is to revamp the electoral voting system in the UK and introduce proportional representation to replace the first past the post system.
The Labour Party won 12 seats in the last London Assembly election in May 2016, four more than the Conservatives, and Sadiq Khan was also voted in as Mayor of London replacing previous incumbent Boris Johnson.
Rejoin EU Party list leader Richard Hewison said: “Brexit just isn’t working. I am putting myself forward in this election because I feel, morally, no father can just stand by and watch the rights of their children being stripped away without taking action, and there just aren’t any other voices advocating for what is right in this election.”
The two parties stressed they don’t want to split the pro-European vote and divide Londoners who want to rejoin the EU, so working together will offer a single platform for a united rejoin campaign.
The London Assembly holds the Mayor of London to account and makes proposals to the government on how to improve the UK’s capital city.
UK local elections including for the London Assembly take place on Thursday 6 May.
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