European Union

"Labour for a Socialist Europe": the 9 March conference and after

Submitted by martin on 5 March, 2019 - 10:14
L4SE placards

The crisis of parliamentary politics over Brexit is one of the biggest such crises ever.

There is ferment in the electorate at large and especially in the Labour Party on the issue. The outcome remains very open. At least some delay of Brexit beyond 29 March is likely.

Those facts set the frame for what the 9 March conference of "Labour for a Socialist Europe" can hope to achieve.

Macron, Salvini, and the left

Submitted by AWL on 27 February, 2019 - 12:09 Author: Joan Trevor
macron-salvini

On 7 February, France recalled its ambassador from Italy, the first time this had happened since Italy’s fascist leader Benito Mussolini declared war in 1940. The recall was the latest act in a growing row between French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s coalition government, formed of the populist Five Star Movement and the far-right National League.

Brexit's never-ending nonsense

Submitted by martin on 9 February, 2019 - 2:29 Author: Alan Simpson
No blindfold Brexit

Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Whatever happens, Brexit is going to dominate parliamentary politics for at least another year, maybe more. No matter how bored you are by it, no matter how tempted by the thought, "Oh, sod it, let's just jump and get it over with", the nightmare still has years to run.

Labour: stop Brexit! New public vote!

Submitted by martin on 29 January, 2019 - 10:16 Author: Editorial
Protest against Brexit

After the Parliamentary votes on 29 January, which gave Theresa May a mandate to try to tear up commitments to an “invisible” border in Ireland, Jeremy Corbyn said he would meet her to discuss Brexit terms.

Not a good move after previously refusing, since Parliament had just voted to seek an “alternative” to the “backstop” which protects Ireland.

On Monday 28 January the Labour front bench said it would abstain on Tory legislation to enable the Tories to write restrictive new immigration laws which would bar many workers and make others insecure with temporary visas.

"No deal" Brexit and the Irish border

Submitted by AWL on 23 January, 2019 - 9:10 Author: Micheál MacEoin

In response to Theresa May’s defeat in her EU Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons on 15 January, and the looming prospect of a “no deal” Brexit, Irish transport minister Shane Ross told reporters at a press conference that he “would anticipate that there would be checks” on lorries coming from Scotland to the Republic of Ireland via Northern
Ireland.

Afterwards, speaking “privately” to Foreign Minister Simon Coveney (so Ross thought, but his words were caught on microphone), he asked whether or not he should have revealed that fact.

"No deal" Brexit means trade disruption with the whole world

Submitted by martin on 18 January, 2019 - 11:35 Author: Chris Reynolds
Queue

According to the Financial Times (18 January), "Britain has failed to finalise most trade deals needed to replace the EU’s 40 existing agreements with leading global economies and will not be close to doing so when Brexit occurs on March 29, according to an internal Whitehall memorandum...

"Almost none of them are ready to go now and none will be ready to go by March,” said one government official who has seen the internal analysis of the Department of International Trade’s progress".

Call Labour's pro-Brexit wreckers to account!

Submitted by martin on 18 January, 2019 - 11:07 Author: Colin Foster
stop Brexit

Talk, fed to the media, of "mass resignations" by junior shadow ministers if Jeremy Corbyn activates Labour Party conference policy and goes for a new public vote on Brexit (Guardian, 18 January 2019) - this is treachery similar to June 2016, only worse.

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