Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn: now back a public vote!

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2019 - 9:40
Remain and rebel

Last week Solidarity published an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn from Sacha Ismail, an organiser of the new Labour stop-Brexit campaign Labour for a Socialist Europe.

The conclusion of that letter becomes even more urgent after the parliamentary vote on 15 January. We say again to Corbyn:

Now you should campaign boldly for a “People’s Vote”, and advocate a vote against Brexit.

Evasions on the Irish border

Submitted by martin on 10 January, 2019 - 11:45 Author: Martin Thomas
Border communities against Brexit

What do the DUP say in reply to the objection that a ″no deal″ Brexit - or, indeed, anything less than the ″backstop″ they object to - would bring a new ″hard border″ in Ireland?

They say that will never happen, because the Irish and British governments will find ways to avoid it, come what may.

That is nonsense. With ″no deal″, there will be tariffs on a huge range of items crossing the border.

Labour "rebels" threaten to help May over the line

Submitted by martin on 10 January, 2019 - 11:26 Author: Martin Thomas
Labour and Brexit

According to the Daily Mirror today, 10 January:

"Theresa May is hoping to win the support of Labour MPs for her Brexit deal by backing key guarantees on workers’ and environmental rights.

"The Mirror understands the Government is likely to support an amendment put down by Labour MPs who could be open to backing her in the crunch vote next week.

"As many as 20 Labour MPs, most of them with Leave voting seats, could rally behind the Prime Minister's plan if she throws Downing Street's weight behind the move.

Brexit evasion is putting Labour behind in the polls

Submitted by martin on 10 January, 2019 - 8:27 Author: Martin Thomas
Labour and Brexit

Latest polling, in early January, shows the Tories 6% ahead - their biggest lead since the 2017 general election, and at a time when the Tories are in chaos.

Individual polls are at best accurate to within a few per cent each way. But a moving average of all recent polls, pooling the random variations, shows that a general election today would probably see Labour's vote go down 6% and the Tories win an absolute majority: http://www.electionpolling.co.uk/polls/general-election.

It's not true that Britain staying in the EU Customs Union would make the Irish "backstop" unnecessary

Submitted by martin on 9 January, 2019 - 4:08 Author: Martin Thomas
Labour and Brexit

The Labour Party front bench has said that Britain remaining in the EU Customs Union would guarantee against a hard border in Ireland.

It is not true. To avoid a hard border requires Britain also to be in the Single Market, i.e. to have common economic regulations and free movement. Turkey has a customs union with the EU.

There is no free or even easy movement across the Turkish-EU border. It is a "hard border".

Brexit: what the Labour front bench has said

Submitted by martin on 9 January, 2019 - 3:55 Author: Martin Thomas
Labour and Brexit

On 9 November Jeremy Corbyn responded to the German magazine Der Spiegel:

"Spiegel: If you could stop Brexit, would you?

"Corbyn: We can't stop it. The referendum took place. Article 50 has been triggered. What we can do is recognize the reasons why people voted Leave".

On 18 November Jeremy Corbyn told Sky News: "Brexit has been triggered... We voted for Article 50 [the formal application for Brexit]... We couldn't stop it [Brexit]... I want to say to the Government... go back now [and renegotiate]..."

Open letter to Corbyn: fight Brexit!

Submitted by AWL on 9 January, 2019 - 1:54 Author: Sacha Ismail
brexit march

“I think we need to respect the referendum. As I say, I think that there is a deal which can be struck within Parliament that brings everybody together, that respects the views and wishes of communities whether they voted Leave or Remain” —Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary for Business, Sky News, 16 December.

Comrade Corbyn!

Amidst Tory Brexit crisis - push for Labour to oppose Brexit

Submitted by martin on 15 November, 2018 - 2:30 Author: Martin Thomas
Remain and rebel

As we write (early afternoon, 15 November), the Tory cabinet has approved May's Brexit deal (14 November). Two leading Tory ministers have resigned. There is talk of a vote of no confidence in May being triggered among Tory MPs (15 November).

I am not a fly on the wall of Downing Street, or of Parliament's corridors, so I'm no more able to guess outcomes than a competent bourgeois journalist. In fact, less able.

Labour can stop Brexit

Submitted by cathy n on 14 November, 2018 - 7:57
Corbyn and Europe

On 9 November Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the German news magazine Der Spiegel that “we can’t stop Brexit”. But Labour can.

The Tories and the DUP are divided about May’s sketched-out soft-ish Brexit deal. If Labour MPs vote solidly against May’s deal, it probably can’t get through Parliament.

That reflects the fact that May’s proposals are unpopular — in surveys, 73% of the think the negations are going badly. The “hard” Brexit formulas favoured by the Tory right are unpopular. A “no deal” Brexit is more unpopular still.

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