Brexit

For workers' unity and a democratic united Ireland

This year marks the centenary of the partition of Ireland and the creation of the Northern Ireland (NI) state. It comes after a rare period of relative peace in the territory, and Unionists might have hoped that the celebrations could have been less contentious than previously. In fact the stability of both NI and Unionism have been thrown into question by the emerging impact of Brexit. The imposition of a customs border in the sea between Britain and NI, in flat contradiction to explicit promises made by Boris Johnson, has become a flashpoint for loyalist insecurity and anger. Street rioting...

EU migrants face hostile environment

Hundreds of thousands of EU migrants face losing their access to benefits, healthcare, livelihood, and even their right to remain where they now consider home, as UK “settled status” applications comes to an end on 30 June. The “settled status” process itself it a betrayal of the promises made in the run up to the EU referendum, when migrants were repeatedly assured their status in the UK would be safe in the event of Brexit. Most applications have been approved, but many have been given insecure “pre-settled status”, some have been rejected outright, and unknown numbers have not applied. The...

"Questions of democracy are where to focus our energies"

Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South, spoke to Sacha Ismail in late March 2021. For an interview Clive did with us in March 2020, see here. There could still be another 30,000 deaths as we approach the end of lockdown, and maybe much more. Even with the vaccine program at full tilt, in the absence of a proper test and trace system, an isolation system and social support for people, it’s still potentially a dire situation and could still overwhelm the NHS. [This was even before the "Indian variant" of Covid was widely discussed.] NHS workers have launched their demand for a 15% pay rise. Do...

Breaking international law

Under the standard legal doctrine of “pacta sunt servanda”, international treaties like the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union are binding until and unless a formal process of withdrawal is completed.

Internationalist pledges for Momentum

Labour for a Socialist Europe is working on short pledges for Momentum National Coordinating Group candidates to sign up to — on free movement and migrants’ rights, extending the Brexit transition period, and fighting nationalism on the left. See labourforasocialisteurope.org for more

64% want Brexit extension

Photo by Max Böhme on Unsplash On 26 March, meeting over Zoom, the steering committee of Labour for a Socialist Europe agreed to launch a campaign to extend the Brexit transition period. There was discussion about how easy it would be for this campaign to get grip, but consensus about the importance of raising a flag and starting to prepare for when the issue pushes itself to the fore. (For L4SE’s initial statement, see bit.ly/extendtransition) Just three days later (29 March), the Sunday Times reported that, despite “senior sources” saying there was “no way” Boris Johnson would consider a...

Labour should tell the truth on Brexit

If you want to convince people, you have to argue what you believe to be true, and be seen to be convinced yourself. If your message is: "Tell us what you want to hear, and we'll play it back to you", you will be seen to be shifty and unreliable. And rightly so. Labour-aligned people who have back Leave should be treated with respect, and given honest arguments. They know that Labour has been pushed, bit by bit - by steady rank-and-file pressure on the reluctant leadership - into a de facto Remain position. Labour opposes the actual deals negotiated with the EU and supports a referendum which...

AEIP conference 14 December

Another Europe is Possible (AEIP) is holding its conference on 14 December. It has advertised “interactive and informative sessions and workshops, a thorough discussion of our strategy, and elections for [the] National Committee”. Some committee members argued that with the election on Thursday 12 December and conference on Saturday 14 December, we may not even know the make-up of the government on the day of the conference. It is difficult to submit thought-out strategy documents, because we do not know what the election result will be. The eventual compromise decision is that there will be a...

The socialist left in the Labour campaign

The Tory campaign for this general election has more money, but the Labour campaign has more people. Tens of thousands of Labour volunteers are taking to the streets and the phone-banks. As socialist internationalists, we are with those volunteers. The labour movement is our movement, and we want it to win in this election against the Tories and Lib Dems. We also have more to do than adding our numbers to the general labour movement mobilisation. We have political tasks. The road to socialism, in our view, fundamentally goes through working-class organisation and struggle in the workplaces and...

Tell McCluskey: solidarity, not borders!

Len McCluskey’s intervention in the debate over freedom of movement is aiding the Tories, and promoting myths about immigration that the trade union movement should be dismantling. On 13 November McCluskey [general secretary of the Unite trade union] criticised the policy voted for at Labour Party conference, of defending and extending freedom of movement for all migrants. McCluskey said “It’s wrong in my view to have any greater free movement of labour unless you get stricter labour market regulation.” What does stricter labour market regulation mean? If McCluskey means more rights for trade...

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