Entry 27

Calls for unity on the anti-EU side and a split on the left

There’s movement among the pro-and anti Brexit groups now operating in the UK.

Leave.EU is talking about getting closer to another anti-group,VoteLeave,and its unity call reflects growing realisation that what unites one side is more important than what separates them. It’s also recognition that the Brexit side will have to work harder than their opponents.

There is also movement on the political left. ABrexit group has appeared within the Labour Party which is mostly EU favouring. It’s LabourLeave. Note its opening shot:

‘The European Union has become an anti-democratic and anti-socialist institution, it is completely at odds with the policies of the Labour Party . . .’.

But within weeks LabourLeave had a new competitor for left votes–It’s Labour In For Britain. Compare its stance with LabourLeave:

‘Britain is better off in Europe. It is clear that being in the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment. The EU has helped to secure workers’ rights and make consumers better off too’.

What a winding journey the two statements represent!

They are from the party which organized the 1975 referendum to stay in Europe; which hesitated about Europe in the 1970s as its left wing rose in influence, and which returned to its European social democracy tendency as a defence against Thatcherism in the 1980s.

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