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Another Europe is possible—another EU is not June 24, 2016

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Statement by the Communist Party of Ireland
24 June 2016

The Communist Party of Ireland expresses its solidarity with and welcomes the decision of the British electorate, with working people having played a decisive factor to vote to leave the European Union.
The decision of the people is a victory over Project Fear, unleashed by big business, global banks and financial institutions, with the EU and the ruling elite throughout the EU, including the Irish government, playing back-up. We congratulate those in the north-east of Ireland who had the opportunity to vote in the referendum and voted to leave.
We call for a new referendum here in the Republic on continued membership, coupled with a halt to any further or deeper integration within the EU. We need to reassert national democracy and sovereignty. Also required is an end to the secret negotiations by the institutions of the EU and the United States regarding TTIP.
The working people of Britain have sent a resounding message to London and Brussels, that they have had enough of the bullying, enough of permanent austerity, enough of putting the interests of big business above those of the people. This is also significant rejection of the straitjacket economics of the EU. The political and economic strategy of the EU is an affront to democracy and the ability of people to democratically decide their countries’ economic and social priorities and possible alternative direction.
Throughout the EU, millions of workers will welcome this vote to leave, which may well mark the beginning of the end of the EU itself. Project Fear, masterminded by the EU, has been used to bully the Greek, Spanish, Italian, Cypriot and Irish people into accepting debt slavery, that there was no alternative but to bail out the banks and speculators over the rights of the people. But not only them: this strategy has been used against all working people right throughout the EU, using fear to impose the feeling that there is no alternative, using it to mask savage attacks on workers’ rights and conditions, and the further erosion of democracy and national sovereignty.
The cycle of fear has now been broken. Working people need to take the opportunity now presented to assert their own demands throughout the EU, to assert themselves and build unity of action against these massive assaults.
Now is the time for the mobilisation of working people to assert that there is a progressive left democratic alternative to the the plans and strategies being imposed big business through the institutions of the EU. Statement ends

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1. irishmarxism - June 24, 2016

No mention of this workers’ revolt being led by the Sun, Daily Express and Daily Mail.

No mention of its political leadership consisting of Boris, Gove and Farage.

No mention of the leave campaign being dominated by xenophobia, racism and nationalism.

No mention of the strengthening of reactionary nationalist forces across Europe, including the FN in France.

No mention of how blaming immigrants for the effects of austerity will strengthen class solidarity and weaken nationalist division.

If ever the poverty of Stalinism has revealed itself it is in their endorsement of this reactionary step, consistent with their nationalist view of socialism and their clinging to the nation state as the mechanism for a workers solution. The same state that Marxists have always said has to be destroyed (‘smashed’ is the usual term).

I’m sure the mass of right-wing unionist voters in the north-east of Ireland who voted leave will be pleased to receive the congratulations of a party calling itself Communist although perhaps, like me, they will wonder what planet they live on.

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Starkadder - June 24, 2016

“No mention of this workers’ revolt being led by the Sun, Daily Express and Daily Mail.

No mention of its political leadership consisting of Boris, Gove and Farage.”

Exactly. The whole Brexit movement was dominated by the right,and will be exploited by the right. I find it telling the CPI statement doesn’t mention Farage, Bojo, etc. Also hilarious is this:

” We congratulate those in the north-east of Ireland who had the opportunity to vote in the referendum and voted to leave.”

I look forward to the CPI sending a bouquet of flowers to that
latter-day Anna Louise Strong, Arlene Foster.

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2. donesoverydone - June 24, 2016

Reblogged this on things I've read or intend to.

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