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Labour Members Are Confused About Why They're Not Debating Brexit

Brexit didn't appear on the list of eight subjects to debate at the Labour party conference in Liverpool.

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Each year at the conference, delegates choose eight topics to discuss but, despite being on the ballot, Brexit was overlooked in favour of issues such as housing, the NHS, and child refugees.

BuzzFeed News asked a random selection of members at the conference what the most important issue facing the UK is and why they think Brexit was overlooked in the formal agenda.

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"The conference is our policy-making forum," said Whysall. "We already have policies on education, the NHS, and housing but not Brexit because no one expected it to happen. We should have dedicated a discussion to it."

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Judy Wilson said she was initially confused about why Brexit hadn't appeared on the agenda, but that the conference talked about it all morning as part of other discussions.

"It's been talked about all day as part of the other debates so it's not like we're ignoring it," said Wilson. "It just has a knock-on effect on so many things. The issue isn't being avoided."

Brendan Sweeney, Sharon Webster, and Michael Cassells, from the Barrow constituency Labour party, said Brexit was the most significant issue but it was important to consider its effect on other individual issues.

"Our constituency is where ships and submarines are made so we were keen to hear how Brexit would impact on defence and NATO membership," said Cassells. "Some of the discussions today gave us answers to that."

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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