THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 22nd March 2019


The Great Brexit Betrayal

WHILST TORY grandees struggle to prevent an open split in their ranks over Brexit, the Remainers in all the parliamentary camps are working around the clock to keep Britain inside the European Union (EU). Now the Trump clan is joining in the fun, with the American president bragging that he could have got a better deal with Brussels and his son claiming that the current deadlock and the probable suspension of the exit day by at least three months proved that democracy in the UK is “all but dead”.

Donald Trump Jr, a businessman who holds no official political position in his father’s administration, told the Daily Telegraph that Mrs May had “ignored advice from my father”, adding that “the will of the people is likely to be ignored” because of “elite” politicians in Brussels.

Trump Jr says: “Mrs May ignored advice from my father, and ultimately, a process that should have taken only a few short months has become a years-long stalemate, leaving the British people in limbo. “Now, the clock has virtually run out and almost all is lost -—exactly as the European elites were hoping. “Some pro-Brexit politicians even suggest that Mrs May is trying to sabotage Brexit, by insisting that Parliament agree to a deal that essentially keeps Britain bound to the EU indefinitely‚Ķwith the deadline fast approaching, it appears that democracy in the UK is all but dead.”

In the White House Donald Trump openly supports Brexit, which he claims will open the door to vast British imports of cheap American food produce. None of us need any advice from the likes of Trump and his family, and none of us are looking forward to an avalanche of American chlorinated chicken that the Remainers tell us will be the inevitable outcome along with the sell-off of the NHS to US pharmaceuticals, and the civil unrest and martial law that their ‘Project Fear’ tells us will follow.

In fact Brexit would end Britain’s dependency on the EU’s common agricultural policy and allow us to import food from all over the world, whereas Mrs May’s plan does, indeed, keep Britain inside the EU in all but name, as Trump Jr says.

In 2016 we took part in a referendum that asked a simple ‘In or Out’ question. fifty-two per cent of the voters elected to leave the EU. We were told that the only negotiations would be to resolve Britain’s residual commitments during the “divorce” — but talks on the terms of leaving seamlessly evolved into negotiations on the terms for remaining within the customs union and the single market. With the defeat of the ‘no-deal’ exit in parliament — which was what the majority of the electorate thought they were voting for in the first place — all that’s left is the terms that have essentially reduced ‘leaving’ to the single issue of the ‘mobility of labour’ and halting mass European immigration.

Stopping the clock by suspending Article 50, the legal process for leaving the EU, is simply a delaying tactic by the Remainers. It can only lead to continued membership of the EU until the time comes for the ‘people’s vote’ that the pro-EU wing of the ruling class are determined to get to reverse the referendum and keep Britain inside the European imperialist union.

Two years ago millions of people voted decisively to leave the EU. The alternative is the EU with its austerity regime, the highest food prices in the world, ham-strung unions and mass unemployment in Greece, Spain, Italy and throughout eastern Europe.

We voted for Brexit and that’s what we want. If the May government cannot deliver it — and it clearly can’t — then it must be brought down in parliament to pave the way for fresh elections.

The issue is clear. We want another election to get Labour in and the Tories out. We want Labour to stand by the people’s vote to leave the EU without any ifs or buts. And the surest guarantee of Brexit is a massive majority for Labour at the next election.