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Why I’m In: Pushing for Lexit Won’t Help Migrants or the Working Class


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Why I’m In: Pushing for Lexit Won’t Help Migrants or the Working Class

Ewa Jasiewicz

Brexit or 'taking back our country' from European elites will only hand it over to domestic ones and turbo-charge their bonfire of union rights. Our labour will become more 'flexible' and we will be more fucked over.


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Unfortunately, many who want Britain out the EU have all the wrong motives (xenophobic narrow-minded nationalism), whereas many who want to remain also have all the wrong motives (shadowy trade deals and a showdown with the xenophobes). Will it really matter much in the end given that the planet is screwed until all this obsession with economic issues and some nebulous idea of 'progress' is overcome? Confrontational outlooks and grabbing minds are our real enemies.


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A good essay with many fine points. But one thing unsettles me. It's most likely the UK will remain within the EEA, which will also mandate worker's rights. "Workers rights at work" is not a key issue in the EU debate. They're basically nothing to do with the EU but with what workers in their unions can stop employers getting away with. A current example is the EU doesn't seem to be effective in preserving workers rights in France. The author also underlines that case with the example of Denmark, she cites. No, the only two arguable reasons for voting Remain are the two that have been aired:
(1) to maintain the free movement of labour
(2) to protest against the xenophobia behind the Leave case. Patriotic claptrap inspired by nationalist sentiments have got sod all to do with socialism and are anathema to everything socialists stand for.

The position of calling for an active refusal to engage in disputes within the ruling class is the right one.
And we should actively oppose the notion that any constitution of government or nation states is a solution to the problems workers face inside capitalism.

The protagonists on both sides are professional politicians used to telling lies and making false promises. They are not going to change their spots just because it's a referendum and not an ordinary election.


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Both for and against EU are arguments of the capitalist class.

Workers have no country and have a post-capitalist world to win and make, with production for use , free access and an end to governments over people.