In Opposition, Labour has made clear that only a Brexit deal that serves the interests of the 99% rather than the 1% is acceptable.
"There would be no Brexit blank cheque for the Tories" said David Drew, Chair of the local Labour Party and Stroud's MP from 1997 -2010. "I voted remain last year, but I respect the vote. However Labour has made its position very clear in the past week. We want what is best for the country and if that means a bad deal or no deal we wouldn't back it".
As Stroud Labour members hit the campaign trail, Labour has announced that it will tear up Theresa May's Brexit plan on day one of a Labour Government, replacing it with a plan that will truly work for the whole of Britain rather than just for the privileged few.
Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, has set out six key test for any deal that a Labour government would negotiate for leaving the EU. The tests include ensuring a strong partnership with the EU, preserving the benefits of the single market and customs union, fair management of migration, the protection of rights and of national security, and that it is a deal that works for all regions of the UK.
District Councillor Doina Cornell, who led the Labour campaign to remain last year in Stroud, said "I fought hard last year to keep us in the EU, and I'm proud that we voted to Remain. Brexit was a tough result for me personally and I see how it has cut across families, communities and political parties. I am so pleased that our Party has come up with a strategy that is based on our core Labour values. Labour is the only party that can help unite the country again".