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The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain

A Beggar’s Ball

The Prime Minister is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron of France this week. His spin doctors say Boris Johnson is going to tell them that a negotiated withdrawal from the European Union is attainable if they would only drop their demand for an Irish “back-stop”. He will doubtless threaten them with a “no-deal” Brexit which could precipitate a snap election and a Tory defeat at the hands of a Corbyn-led coalition.

None of this is likely to impress the leaders of Franco-German imperialism. At the moment everything is going their way.

Johnson thought he could outflank Labour and the maverick Tories in the Brexit Party by threatening to by-pass Parliament altogether over Europe. Instead he has boxed himself into a constitutional crisis which could rapidly force him out of office.

Liberal-Democrat and Blairite efforts to side-step Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament have failed and the Remainers are coalescing around the inevitability of a Corbyn-led government. The Corbyn leadership has embraced the call for a second referendum and all but said they will campaign to Remain when and if this so-called “People’s Vote” takes place. The trigger will be the vote of no-confidence that Labour is expected to move when Parliament re-opens in September.

Let’s see what happens. In the meantime we have to put the communist answer to the crisis back on the workers’ agenda. It starts with: No to the European Union; No to austerity; No to neo-liberalism and Yes to socialism!