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Brexit the view from the Left – The implications and opportunity for Ireland March 19, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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1. Jim Monaghan - March 19, 2017

Yes, great deals on trade from Mr Trump and Ms May. Oh will we have migrant controls?

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2. Gerryboy - March 19, 2017

Did the CPI, along with Official Sinn Fen and the Labour Party, oppose Ireland joining the then EEC in the debate leading to the referendum of 1972? Have the arguments advanced by these parties at the time gone by the board in the intervening period?

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shea - March 19, 2017

think the cpi is pro exit.

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WorldbyStorm - March 19, 2017

Yep, that’s the situation shea. WP was pro-exit in Brexit referendum – not sure if it is arguing for an Irexit. In the 80s it was eurosceptic but not pro-exit IIRC. Before that it was very anti-EEC. Its current line seems to have developed post-split in the 90s.

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FergusD - March 20, 2017

Don’t know about the CPI but I am pretty sure the CPGB was anti-EEC in the 70s, during the UK referendum (in 75 I think). As was the Labour Left, most prominently Tony Benn. The argument from the BLP left then was the EEC would prevent the enactment of socialist measures, we needed an unfetterered UK parliament for that, apparently. Benn was very much a parliamentary socialist. On the far left the Militant took the same line as I recall. I was in the International Socialists back then (now the SWP), they took an abstentionist position then (in or out the stuggle was the same – I agreed with that then, and still do essentially, although I voted Remain in the recent UK referendum). I suspect the CPGB position was influenced by the USSR.

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irishelectionliterature - March 20, 2017

I don’t think there was any element of the Left here that campaigned for a Yes vote in the 1972 Referendum on Entry to the EEC.

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irishmarxism - March 20, 2017

In a series of articles beginning here I reviewed the British left’s view of the EEC through Tom Nairn’s single-issue of New Left Review:

https://irishmarxism.net/2014/07/11/the-left-against-europe/

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3. irishmarxism - March 19, 2017

The implications for Ireland of Brexit do not represent opportunities. They represent threats. But in getting this wrong the CPI is in ‘good’ company:

https://irishmarxism.net/2017/02/21/brexit-and-ireland-part-1-the-irish-left/

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GW - March 20, 2017

Fine series of articles there. But I would say that because they bolster my prejudices.

The ‘sorrowful mysteries‘ of the Lexiteers is an appropriate choice of allusion.

We lack sufficient faith.

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4. David Shayler - March 20, 2017

Read this first! http://threetwo.wikidot.com/

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5. Maguire of the Square - March 21, 2017

Martin McGuiness blind to real needs and alleged MI5 informer will true socialists miss him or Brexit?

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