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Communist Party to Launch “People’s Brexit” Campaign as “historic achievement of a Leave result” is “under threat”

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Will Leader of Trade Unionists Against the EU heed the Communist Call?

London for a People’s Brexit could prove to be an historic turning point.

The Communist Party has worked non-stop these last three years holding meetings the length and breadth of Britain to argue the case for a left exit from the EU bosses club.

We played a small but important part in the referendum outcome in which 17.4 million people voted to Leave. We have pamphleteered relentlessly, held indoor and outdoor meetings, lobbied the TUC and sought progressive allies who could argue alongside us for the interests of the people in a struggle dominated so far on both sides by the Right.

The historic achievement of a Leave result is now under threat. The labour movement and Labour Party are divided when unity could never be more vital. There is more than a whiff of opportunism in both organisations. Some elements claiming to be on the left have taken billionaires’ money to campaign to undo the massive democratic mandate and force us to vote, vote and vote again till we vote for EU membership.

This Thursday, we have played a central part in bringing together political forces, including some in the Labour Party, on the left and in the trade unions for a public meeting in support of a People’s Brexit. And at this meeting, if attendance is significant, we want to persuade participants to turn it from a meeting into an all-Britain campaign. From there, the case for a People’s Brexit can be taken to major cities and towns across England, Scotland and Wales.

We urge you to circulate that flyer as far as you can to those who you think may attend. If you are already planning on attending don’t come alone. Bring friends, workmates and fellow community, union, anti-racist and women’s movement activists. It’s going to be an historic night.

Please come along, raise your voice and take part!

Yours in comradeship,

Robert Griffiths
General Secretary

Communist Party

 

There is no news about whether Paul Embery (perhaps he is busy writing for the Sun) or Arron Banks, who funded Trade Unionists Against the EU, will attend.

Word has it, however, that these likely lads are already up for it:

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Written by Andrew Coates

November 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm

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  1. Speakers include George Soros*

    *TBC

    Flax

    November 21, 2018 at 1:36 pm

  2. Soros on the Road to Canossa –

    Andrew Coates

    November 21, 2018 at 1:41 pm

  3. What’s with the bits in bold? This is wot ‘the Scum’ do – highlight the important parts – because they know their ‘readers’ won’t bovver to read the whole article. Say article, but they do this with their two paragraph editor’s opinion columns too.

    Flax

    November 21, 2018 at 1:43 pm

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    Andrew Coates

    November 21, 2018 at 2:16 pm

  5. Sneak preview of my forthcoming column for Solidarity:

    The Morning Star rejoices in Corbyn’s Brexit nonsense

    “E-Useless: Corbyn Hits Out At ‘One Way’ Brexit – We can do better than this, Labour leader says” was the front page headline in Monday’s Morning Star.

    Predictably, the pro-hard Brexit (sorry, “Lexit”) paper liked Corbyn’s interview on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, in which he’d opined “We’ll vote against (May’s) deal because it doesn’t meet our tests.”

    For those who lack a photographic memory, Labour’s tests include obtaining the “exact same benefits” as EU membership – a comment once made by David (“thick as mince, lazy as a toad”) Davis when he was Brexit minister.

    “We’re quoting back at them what they said,” Corbyn explained to Ms Ridge: “and we believe it to be possible.”

    But why would the EU give Britain the exact same benefits, even when asked to by Jeremy? Jean-Claude Juncker has said it’s not possible: “That was his view and we have a different view.”
    So does Jeremy think that no Brexit would be better than no deal? “I don’t think that’s an option we’re going to get given,” he replied, as if he was an impartial bystander in all of this and not someone who’s an active participant in the debate.

    Can Brexit be stopped? Jeremy had told Der Speigel that it couldn’t but then Keir Starmer jumped up and said it could (no wonder the Morning Star doesn’t like him).

    So would Jeremy, having voted Remain, like to stop Brexit? asked Sophy Ridge: “I don’t think you call a referendum and then say you don’t like the result and go away from it” he replied. But then two sentences later: “All options are on the table in the future.”

    So if there was a second referendum, how would he vote? “I don’t how I’m going to vote, and what the options would be at that time.”

    So Corbyn’s position (as approved by the Morning Star) is that he would get a better deal in three months than the government has managed in two years by asking more nicely, but if he needed longer he could use the transition period to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement that must be agreed for the transition period to come into effect and he doesn’t like the Brexit deal agreed by Brussels, because it doesn’t provide the exact same benefits of EU membership which he dislikes anyway because of state aid and competition rules, but remaining is not necessarily better than leaving with no deal at all, and the outcome of the referendum must be respected but all options remain on the table, but a second referendum is not an option for today but could be tomorrow, and if it was he doesn’t know how he would vote.

    In other words, Corbyn is basically pro-Brexit, despite the overwhelming wishes of Labour’s members and the fudge that concealed an overwhelming pro-Brexit majority at its conference.

    The Morning Star is desperately trying to mobilise support for Corbyn’s betrayal of the wishes of Labour’s anti- Brexit majority by (for instance) repeating over and over again the blatant falsehood that EU membership would make Labour’s plans for renationalisation of rail and other forms of state intervention in the economy, impossible (this claim has been disproved time and again, but they keep repeating it).

    Monday’s M. Star, for instance, carried an article by one Kevin Nelson, suggesting that last year the UK government “was reportedly constrained” from paying the costs of back pay to care workers who’d been underpaid for working sleep-in shifts, “by concerns that such a move would be subject to state aid rules, which it would need to discuss with the European Commission.” Note the weasel words “reportedly”, “concerns” and “need to discuss”. In fact, the “concerns” and the “need to discuss” the matter had been raised by the Tory government itself, searching for an excuse not to make the payments. And in any case, the matter was never put to the test because (disgracefully) in July of this year the UK court of appeal (note: not the EU) ruled that the payments need not be made. But why let boring old facts get in the way of a good anti-EU scare story, eh?

    The problem is that the lies, distortions and half-truths of the Morning Star are quite widely believed amongst the more gullible members of our class and carry some weight within the union bureaucracy (Unite in particular). And of course, Corbyn’s two key advisers, Andrew Murray and Seumas Milne, are basically Morning Star supporters, whispering in Corbyn’s ear about the “will of the people” and the dangers of free movement. Sadly, he seems to be listening to them.

    • JD thanks Matt Chorley (of the ‘Red Box’) for providing details of the Sophie Ridge interview and the concise description of Corbyn’s present position on Brexit.

    Jim Denham

    November 21, 2018 at 5:01 pm

  6. Good article Jim. What to say to the deduced Grace Blakely who thinks Brexit is No-Borders, and a springboard to fight globalisation.

    The WTO and the IMF will still exist.

    Or perhaps she thinks they will be magicked away in the Unicorn Land of a People’s Brexit.

    On the latter I notice that Spain has fallen foul of the IMF (not the EU) today, which is demanding a change in their pension plans and fiscal policies.

    Andrew Coates

    November 21, 2018 at 5:32 pm

  7. Andrew Coates

    November 21, 2018 at 5:34 pm

  8. Pro-Brexit is ‘far-right wing’ though like innit?

    Ficko

    November 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm

  9. My American college history books assure me that from the 1870s communist and unionist orators speaking for workers were violently opposed to immigration–especially by Asians. Newspaper accounts and events of 1882, 1893 and 1907 all back this as fact. And it all seemed so real until a minute or two ago…

    oiltranslator

    November 21, 2018 at 6:07 pm

  10. We all know the Labour Party is far-right wing anyway. How do Labour/Jezza intend to vote in the forthcoming meaningful vote? Or don’t they know yet/all options are on the table?

    Cara

    November 21, 2018 at 6:10 pm

  11. No surprise there, olitranslator. Unionists are always opposed to anything that reduces their bargaining power. As for the Communists they would have been au fait with Marx’s theories of ‘supply and demand’. It all depends if you personally stand to gain or lose which side of the fence you sit on.

    Cara

    November 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm

  12. How many nation states around the globe truly has an open border? How many countries can you enter without having to go through passport control/immigration? Can’t be many?

    Cara

    November 21, 2018 at 6:28 pm

  13. Unionists say Ulster Says NO!

    The trade union movement defends the workers it represents, and seeks to increase the number it represents, and improve their conditions, out of self interest in the class struggle.

    It is not in the interest of the trade union movement, or its bargaining position, to divide workers on national grounds into migrants and ‘natives’.

    Andrew Coates

    November 21, 2018 at 6:34 pm

  14. Decided not to bother correcting that very obvious typo/auto correct goes haywire. Thanks for pointing out the obvious. And making a song and dance about it to boot.

    Cara

    November 21, 2018 at 6:38 pm

  15. Surely there is a difference between the numbers of working members in a trade union and the size of the labour pool. Marx mentioned this too, when he said that “left to their own devices the proletariat would dilute the worth of their own Labour”. Or put another way, surely when there is someone else, hungry and eager to step into your job and do it for less it weakens your bargaining power. It is not even to do with migrants versus natives. Back in the day family men would get sacked because single men would do it for less money. The only way you can hold your bargaining power is if you are not easily replaceable. e.g. are indispensable to the company, know how everything works, are highly skilled etc. All self-evident…

    Cara

    November 21, 2018 at 6:52 pm

  16. Surely there is a difference between the numbers of working members in a trade union and the size of the labour pool. Marx mentioned this too, when he said that “left to their own devices the proletariat would dilute the worth of their own Labour”. Or put another way, surely when there is someone else, hungry and eager to step into your job and do it for less it weakens your bargaining power. It is not even to do with migrants versus natives. Back in the day family men would get sacked because single men would do it for less money. The only way you can hold your bargaining power is if you are not easily replaceable. e.g. are indispensable to the company, know how everything works, are highly skilled etc. All self-evident…..

    Cara

    November 21, 2018 at 6:53 pm

  17. Surely there is a difference between the numbers of working members in a trade union and the size of the labour pool?

    Cara

    November 21, 2018 at 6:54 pm

  18. “Some elements claiming to be on the left have taken billionaires’ money to campaign to undo the massive democratic mandate” nasty stuff from the CP, echoing the antisemitic campaign being waged against George Sorios. Whereas accepting funding from Arron Banks (as does the CP-favoured Trade Unionists Against the EU) is, presumably, OK.

    Jim Denham

    November 22, 2018 at 10:17 am

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