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As Attack on Workers’ Rights Looms, Lexit (‘left’ Brexit) is Trending…

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Heavyweight Supporter of Lexit.

Lexit is trending on Twitter.

This is why:


Those from the left who supported Brexit helped the Tories win the last election, by building support to ‘get Brexit done’ and ‘take back control’.

They facilitated this.

UK workers’ rights at risk in plans to rip up EU labour market rules

Financial Times.

Post-Brexit shake-up of regulations including 48-hour week likely to spark trade union outrage.


Peter Foster, Jim Pickard, Delphine Strauss in London and Jim Brunsden in Brussels YESTERDAY 833 Print this page Worker protections enshrined in EU law — including the 48-hour week — would be ripped up under plans being drawn up by the government as part of a post-Brexit overhaul of UK labour markets.

The package of deregulatory measures is being put together by the UK’s business department with the approval of Downing Street, according to people familiar with the matter. It has not yet been agreed by ministers — or put to the cabinet — but select business leaders have been sounded out on the plan.

The proposed shake-up of regulations from the “working time directive” will delight many Tory MPs but is likely to spark outrage among Britain’s trade union leaders. The move would potentially mark a clear divergence from EU labour market standards but the UK would only face retaliation from Brussels under the terms of its new post-Brexit trade treaty if the EU could demonstrate the changes had a material impact on competition.

What was Lexit, the campaign to leave the EU on a ‘socialist’ basis?

Those on the left with longer memories than than SWP fruit flies will recall it well.

Lexit – the Left Leave Campaign

With the referendum campaign on Britain’s membership of the EU now underway, left forces have officially launched a campaign for a left wing British exit. The organisations backing #Lexit — the Left Leave Campaign include the RMT rail workers’ union, the Communist Party, the Socialist Workers Party, Counterfire, the Indian Workers Association, the Bangladeshi Workers Council of Britain and Scottish Left Leave.

They are united around five key arguments for a left exit — against the EU’s neoliberal agenda, its undemocratic nature, and the horrors of Fortress Europe; and for a defence of workers’ rights through collective organisation and union strength, and for exploiting the crisis for the Tories that a leave vote would provoke.

Socialist Review.

There was also the hardline Full Brexit group, a red-brown alliance of the Brexit Party backing Spiked, many Lexit supporters, the Communist Party of Britain, Labour Party nationalists, sovereigntists, ‘Trade Unionists Against the EU led by anti-rootless cosmopolitan campaigner Paul Embery’ (supported by the Socialist Party) and various other odd bods.

They had their critics.

Brexit offered the public three wishes: you can take back control of your money, your borders, and your laws. Lexit does much the same with a socialist twist. Offering little more than dreams, both sides fail to realise that in an interconnected world, you can’t take back control without giving something up.

Without a proper account of the EU’s complexity and origins, the Lexiter position tends to fall into a self-made abyss of misunderstanding. And without having the class power to back up its position, a Lexit – just like Brexit – may condemn the UK to perpetual autarky and possible disintegration.

Paul Walsh

Lexit still has at least one supporter.

Sparing time from writing about  happy memories of participating in the paramilitary Kampfgruppen der Arbeiterklasse, KdA) in the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (East Germany),leading member of the Communist Party of Britain, Nick Wright says,

We are where we are on Britain’s exit from the EU. Where we no longer confront the employers or ministers able to hide behind the conditions that EU treaties impose on member states, we face different obstacles built into the new trade agreement negotiated by a Tory government that now represents an evolving consensus between big business and the banks and the EU’s dominant states.

That this is buttressed by the new US regime waiting in the wings is a reminder that the Atlantic alliance is as much a mechanism for economic control as it is a war fighting machine.

Where we once grappled with the pro-employer judgments of the European Court of Justice, we now directly face our ruling-class court system. Britain’s bourgeoisie rightly fears an insurgent working class and we have a long history of challenging British courts with industrial action.

Class politics. Nick Wright.

We expect the Morning Star to call for trade union factory militias to lead the battles!

Others have a different take.


Bob sums up their effect.

The Government has reacted to the FT report with a policy of staunch denial…(which means it’s true).

Business secretary has denied claims EU-based employment laws such as 48-hour week will be axed.





This blog has begun reading hardline Leave supporter and post-New Leftist Perry Anderson’s latest roman fleuve on Brexit  in the London Review of Books……

Written by Andrew Coates

January 15, 2021 at 11:32 am

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  1. I don’t want to drag you away from your textual analysis of Perry Anderson’s magisterial essay, but this is just to concur with you on the happiness of “our” fish. As you know this is also shared by Jacob Rees-Mogg who told the Commons yesterday ” “The key is that we’ve got our fish back. They’re British fish and they’re better and happier fish for it,” Pehaps a more historical question for the left, and for Nick Wright, is how the descendents of those Baltic Sea fish once in the territorial waters of the DDR view their present life in the colder, harsher atmosphere of post-unification captalism ?

    david walsh

    January 15, 2021 at 1:36 pm

  2. “Fish demand blue British passports.

    North Sea fish have told Jacob Rees-Mogg they will only be “better and happier” being British once they have their blue passports.

    Brian, a cod from five miles east of Lowestoft, Suffolk said he and his sea-dwelling chums were fed-up with being political prawns.“Rees-Mogg and his cronies might claim we are now happy British fish but we have not yet seen any benefit from Brexit.

    “Where are our blue British passports? How can he claim we are happy when he promised so much but has not delivered?”

    Brian says the whiting is on the wall for post-Brexit Britain.

    “If we don’t get what we want, we will simply swim 50 miles further out to see and become European again.

    “Then we will see how better and happy we really are.”

    Andrew Coates

    January 15, 2021 at 1:46 pm

  3. “Those from the left who supported Brexit helped the Tories win the last election, by building support to ‘get Brexit done’ and ‘take back control’.

    They facilitated this.”

    And, now Starmer’s New Labour has also jumped into bed with all these reactionary nationalists!


    January 16, 2021 at 11:17 am

  4. And Skwawkbox never fails. Tey have miners champion and King across the water, Ian Lavery feted for taking on a Torry Minister on these matters – but, oddly, the word EU never appeared. I did mention this BTL only to get abuse heaped on . See https://skwawkbox.org/2021/01/17/kwarteng-wants-to-slash-holidays-and-worker-protections-heres-how-ian-lavery-dismantled-him-for-calling-uk-workers-lazy/

    david walsh

    January 17, 2021 at 11:10 am

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