Brexit

Why not a United Ireland?

Submitted by cathy n on 13 February, 2019 - 5:33 Author: Sean Matgamna
brexit ireland

The Six Counties of Northern Ireland will leave the European Union on 29 March if the UK does.

Yet a 56%-44% majority in Northern Ireland voted against Brexit.

Those who had been brought up Protestant voted 60%-40% for Brexit, those brought up Catholic 85%-15% against. There is a clear democratic majority in both Irelands for the whole island remaining in the EU.

For Labour! Against Brexit!

Submitted by AWL on 13 February, 2019 - 11:41 Author: Editorial
Brexit means Brexit

Labour right-wingers have chosen this moment to help out the hard-pressed Tory government. They have turned up the volume on the murmured speculations about a right-wing split from Labour just as the Tory impasse worsens. Labour and trade union activists want unity to maximise the chances of using the Tories’ thrashing-round to oust them from office, to force an early general election, and to get a new public vote to stop Brexit.

Lexiteers go on tour

Submitted by Matthew on 13 February, 2019 - 10:27 Author: Colin Foster

Who thinks Brexit looks good? Not most of the people who voted Leave in June 2016. They tend to say: well, it can’t be worse, and anyway, we’ve got to go through with it now. About the only people who think that Brexit will improve economic conditions for the majority are the Tory ultra-free-marketers, who say that Brexit will allow Britain to thrive as a low regulation, low social overheads offshore site of operations for global capital. They’re about the only ones — except a few people on the left.

Brexit can still be stopped

Submitted by AWL on 6 February, 2019 - 11:15 Author: Martin Thomas
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Brexit can still stopped. The first step, though, is to halt an emerging mood of retreat among anti-Brexit people.

“People switch off from responding to every depressing political twist and turn of Brexit”, one activist wrote to us this week. Another: “people in my local [anti-Brexit] group feel down after Jeremy Corbyn’s responses on 28 and 29 January”. Yet others have said: “Face facts. Brexit is going to go through. No amount of agitation now will make much difference. The task now is to prepare the left for after Brexit”.

Brexit and unreason

Submitted by AWL on 6 February, 2019 - 10:57 Author: Colin Foster

Steve Richards is a routine political pundit, probably (in his 2017 book The Rise of the Outsiders, for example) a bit less hostile to Jeremy Corbyn than most of his type. In the Financial Times on 1 February, however, he was acid about Corbyn, and with some justice.

“Like Mrs May, [Jeremy Corbyn] asserts rather than explains, repeatedly declaring that he supports ‘a customs union’, ‘a close alignment with the single market’ and ‘workers’ rights’. Why is this his position? What does he mean by these terms?”

The curious incident of the Stalinists who didn’t bark

Submitted by AWL on 6 February, 2019 - 10:41 Author: Jim Denham
no deal brexit

In possibly his most famous Sherlock Holmes short story, Silver Blaze, Conan Doyle introduced the idea of the “negative fact”: Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” Holmes: “That was the curious incident.” Holmes drew a conclusion from an expected fact (the dog barking) that did not occur.

Rallying Labour for migrant rights and against Brexit

Submitted by AWL on 6 February, 2019 - 10:19 Author: Sacha Ismail
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Fifty Labour activists from ten boroughs across London attended a 4 February emergency meeting in Lewisham to discuss the Labour Party’s stance on migrants’ rights.

The meeting was called by Labour for a Socialist Europe, Labour Campaign for Free Movement and Another Europe is Possible, in cooperation with local left activists, in response to Labour’s fiasco over the Tory Immigration Bill. In Parliament on 28 January, the Labour front bench at first recommended abstention on the Tory bill. It swung to voting against only under pressure and at the last minute.

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