Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn-backing youth wing has voted to quit Nato – branding it an ‘imperialist institution’ presided over by ‘fascist’ Donald Trump.
Labour Youth passed a motion which tore into the military alliance, which it blamed for waging ‘wars of aggression’ and fuelling racism.
It hailed Mr Corbyn as a ‘long-time opponent imperialism’ and called for Britain to quit Nato immediately.
The motion puts the party’s radical youth wing at odds with official Labour policy, which backs Britain’s membership of Nato.
And it will fuel fears that the party’s radical Corbynista wing could weaken and undermine support for the military alliance.
It comes just weeks after Mr Corbyn hinted he would be unwilling to send tanks and troops in to help our Nato allies in a war, might just give diplomatic ‘solidarity’ instead.
Jeremy Corbyn, pictured addressing his young supporters at Glastonbury festival his summer , is a long-time critic of Nato. His young supporters in Labour Youth have voted for a motion calling for Britain to quit Nato, branding the military alliance ‘imperialist’
Nato was set up in the aftermath of the Second World War and has been credited with helping to foster peace and security in the West.
But in a highly provocative motion passed yesterday, Labour Youth – which represents party members aged 26 and under – tore into the alliance.
It states: ‘Labour should commit to withdrawal from Nato on the basis that it no longer meets our collective security needs, is headed by a man variously viewed as authoritarian and a fascist, and that its continual aggression makes people in the UK less safe than they otherwise would (be).’
It said Nato was formed ‘to enshrine the dominance of American interests’ and ever since it ‘has been the lynchpin and institutional expression of American imperialism’ and has waged wars of aggression.
The Labour Youth motion tears into the Nato military alliance, which it says should be scrapped because Russia is no longer a threat and it was formed only to pursue American interests
It said the alliance is no longer needed because Russia is no longer a threat- despite Vladimir Putin’s meddling in world affairs and military build up in Eastern Europe.
The motion dismissed branded the Afghanistan war as a ‘war of aggression’ and said it another military interventions have ‘fuelled Islamophobia at home and intense resentment abroad’.
In a line that will infuriate Britain’s American allies, it said Nato is presided over by Trump who is viewed as ‘authoritarian and fascist’.
The motion said Labour should follow in the footsteps of Mr Corbyn and his hard-left allies John McDonnell and Diane Abbott and ‘be avowedly anti-imperialist’.
But the vote is likely to enrage many Labour MPs who strongly support Nato and have been vocal in the opposition to any attempt to water down our military commitments to our allies.