2018-01-11 13:06:38 UTC
Once again Larry Elliott hits the nail on the head with his plea for
remainers to move on (Remainers got it wrong: there is no buyer’s remorse
hasnt-hit-the-uk-economy), 8 January).
Even now there is a complete reluctance to understand the true nature of the
EU. Do remainers really believe that the four freedoms to move goods,
capital, services and labour were ever introduced in the interests of
workers? The continual harping on about the lies of Brexiteers ignores the
bigger truth that the EU is, and always will be, unreformable, neoliberal and
hugely damaging to our economy. The EU treaties have allowed the capitalist
class to cut public spending, privatise, and sell our assets abroad. They
threw in a few sops in terms of workers’ rights that we could have won
ourselves through union action, to persuade us of some nonexistent liberal
aspect to the EU.
The liberal left has always been fixated on immigration and racism,
threatening us with a rightwing surge of parties like Ukip, which has never
materialised. We, as a sovereign nation, will be able to decide on our own
What we need now is to wrench away the initiative from the right and come up
with an alternative workers’ sovereignty – a new Bill of Rights or
written constitution, new economic priorities. Labour and the unions have the
basic policies for this already. Jeremy Corbyn understands that we can only
move forward on his party’s manifesto outside the EU and the single market.
A mass debate on the way forward would be hugely positive and reinvigorate
the labour movement.