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Former ‘Maoist’ Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Joins Farage, UKIP and Galloway in Grassroots Out Campaign.

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‘Communists’ Against Mass Migration.

The Communist Party of Britain (Marxist–Leninist) (CPB(M-L)) is an example of the development, post-Mao, of ‘Marxist-Leninist’ groups towards nationalism.

The party was formed in 1968 by Reg Birch as a split from the Communist Party of Great Britain, siding with the Communist Party of China. The party published The Worker from 1969 until 2000, when it became Workers. The CPB(M-L) sided with Enver Hoxha in theSino-Albanian split, and came to support the Soviet Union for a period in the 1980s, before dropping this line over Mikhail Gorbachev‘s reforms.

A key part of the CPB (M-L)‘s  case against the European Union is that weakened national sovereignty and borders has let in too many migrants into Britain.

The role of mass migration and “free” movement of labour in undermining wages and union organisation was contrasted with the assertions (or lies) that EU legislation protects workers.

They backed this recent meeting,

Grassroots Out Glasgow rally

7 April 2016, 7 pm

Hunter Halls, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow  G128 QQ

With speakers Nigel Farage MEP, Dr Liam Fox, Peter Bone MP, Eddie McGuire (trade unionist), Mike Gold (CAEF), David Coburn and Brendan Chilton with more to be announced.

The way this group works is easy to trace: Eddie McGuire, ‘Trade Unionist’ turns out also to be:


And  (CPB- ML site): Composing British unity

Draw your own conclusions about which political party he backs….

The New Communist Party (a member of the Labour Representation Committee)  has, according to Wikipedia, also signed up.

The NCP has endorsed in March 2016 Grassroots Out the cross party movement launched to campaign to leave the EU.

If this is not the case we will be happy to post a correction.

Another one of the anti-EU alliances has just formed:

Leave EU – new group formed to fight for an exit Left.

A new left-wing anti-EU campaign group dubbed Lexit has been set up following a meeting in London.

The new alliance formed on Monday night from rail union RMT, Trade Unionists Against the EU, the Communist Party of Britain, the Indian Workers Association (GB), the Bangladeshi Workers Council of Britain, Scottish Left Leave, Counterfire and the Socialist Workers Party.

Other trade union, socialist and workers’ groups are expected to join Lexit in coming weeks.

Lexit will hold a series of rallies across Britain in the coming weeks and produce films and other publications to promote what it calls the “working class, left-wing and internationalist case” for voting to leave the European Union in the referendum on June 23. Some Labour MPs and prominent trade unionists have also indicated a willingness to appear on the group’s platforms.

Lexit chairman Robert Griffiths said that the EU debate until now had been “dominated by pro-big business and anti-foreigner arguments” on both sides.

“It’s high time that the interests of working people, their public services and their common aspirations regardless of race, religion and nationality were heard,” he said.

“The reality is that from Ireland and Portugal to Cyprus and Greece, the EU has been spearheading the drive for ruthless austerity and wholesale privatisation, dividing people and creating the conditions in which racist and fascist groups can thrive.”
Mr Griffiths said it was no surprise that most of the City banks and big companies that fund the Tory Party wanted Britain to stay in the EU.

These groups are on on the fringes of the labour movement.

Far from being left-wing or working class their actions help those who wish to  build a “bonfire of rights”, as Jeremy Corbyn has put it.

And please, let’s have less of these phony words about “Internationalism”.

With the CPB-ML we can at least see the real direction where this stand leads them.






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  1. Well, they’ve got nothing better to do, the few of them.


    April 14, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  2. Are there actually any other mainstream CPs/Left parties in Europe outside the UK who are anti-EU ?


    April 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm

  3. The CPB (M-L) controlled the Student Union at the Polytechnic of Central London (now Westminster University) for a long time in the seventies. There were never that many of them in the country though. Surprises me they are still going. Bizarre politics then and now it would seem.

    The NCP are also an odd group led by the rather amiable Andy Brookes who spends some of his time working on a satirical website aimed at the PCS union. Their slavish devotion the North Korea is disturbing to say the least.

    Howard Fuller

    April 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm

  4. In answer to Ric, I believe the answer is “no”.

    The CPB wrote an article in 2014 by John Foster highlighting the views of a number of EU Communist Parties stating that the EU is “in its essence neoliberal and militarist” (1). This was then used as a justification for the CPB’s “leave” policy.

    However, the position of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left is different. “According to its 1994 constituent declaration, the group is opposed to the present European Union political structure, but committed to integration” (Wikipedia) (2). This EU Parliament group includes the French CP, Die Linke, Syriza and Podemos.

    According to “the local.de” (English Language German news) in 2014 (3) –

    “Die Linke’s European policy could be summarized as aiming to enhance the political and economic powers of the EU whilst reforming EU institutions to make them more democratic – and give them the legitimacy critics claim they lack.

    They want to make the European Parliament equal in lawmaking power to the European Commission and European Council, giving it full powers both to nominate and elect the European Commission president.”


    (2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_United_Left–Nordic_Green_Left

    (3) http://www.thelocal.de/20140514/what-do-die-linke-want-for-europe

    John R

    April 15, 2016 at 10:28 am

  5. Shouldn’t an alternative Social leave campaign be called Sexit?

    Mike Berlin

    April 15, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  6. Lexit, Sexit, sounds like a new children’s game on the lines of Scalextric.

    Andrew Coates

    April 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm

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