ANDY YORKE critiques Costas Lapavitsas’ recent book making the case for Lexit
The incoherent arguments put forwards by Lexit supporters offer no route to radical reforms and lead away from socialism.
THE starting point for any socialist looking to determine their stance on Brexit is to ascertain whether it is in the interests of the working class. All other considerations – electoral impact, the finality or otherwise of any given referendum outcome, the attitude to Brexit of the big capitalists or Chukka Umunna – are all … Continue reading The Workers’ Answer to Brexit
By Rob Schofield ANOTHER poll published yesterday by YouGov reveals that the overwhelming majority of Labour members (86%) support a referendum once negotiations are complete. This has prompted the predictable objection: "It's a rigged/inaccurate poll" We know that pollsters got it wrong in 2017 and massively underestimated Jeremy Corbyn's support, but YouGov were one of … Continue reading Labour’s members are its strength: it’s time to listen to them on Brexit
By Rob Schofield Recently, during a discussion about the recent poll showing majority support for a referendum on the final Brexit deal among members of the three biggest trade unions, I was met with a familiar but infuriating argument. “Don’t you understand the huge growth the far right will gain from a Labour-led new referendum?” … Continue reading Stop using the far right as blackmail against a vote on the Brexit deal
By Simon Hannah THE FIGHT over whether to leave the European Union is increasing in tempo. Hundreds of thousands marched in central London on 23 June (venomously described by some as "liberals", "Blairites", "croissant eating intellectuals" and so on) while sections of the left in Labour have swung to being militant Lexiteers. There is a … Continue reading The left’s Brexit debate is nasty, dangerous and narrow
By Peter Main THIS MONTH sees the second anniversary of the “Brexit Referendum” and, a few days later, the opening of a crucial EU summit on 28 June. Until now, it has been possible for Theresa May to hold her party together by publicly echoing the rhetoric of the “hard Brexiteers” whilst, in the actual … Continue reading Labour must come clean on Brexit
Learning the hard way
It's not undemocratic to oppose Brexit
DONALD TRUMP’S first trip abroad as President saw him launch radical changes in US foreign policy from those pursued by his predecessor. If he can see them through, they will generate major upheavals in world politics. At the 28th NATO Summit in Brussels on 2425 April, Trump berated his assembled allies for ripping off America’s … Continue reading Donald Trump: with or without EU?