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An intriguing, some would say idiosyncratic, some might say something else, analysis of the UK election December 16, 2019

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THE UK ELECTION RESULT

The Conservative win in the UK general election is a great victory for national democracy in these islands and for genuine internationalism against EU supranationalism.

It means that the UK will legally leave the EU at the end of next month, taking Northern Ireland with it. This puts “Irexit” (Ireland Exit) firmly on the Irish historical agenda, as the coming years will undoubtedly show.

For unless Dublin pulls back from its current love-affair with the EU, it will effectively be cooperating in a new Partition of Ireland into the longterm future.

The British Labour Party, which promised to implement Brexit in the 2016 referendum and in its 2017 election manifesto and then spent the past three and a half years trying to frustrate it in the House of Commons, deservedly got its comeuppance in this election.

The Conservative victory shows the relevance of the insight of the leftwing historian, the late C. Desmond Greaves (1913-1988), who once remarked that all the big policy debates in British politics take place inside the Tory Party, with everyone else having at most bit parts.

This was so with the Corn Laws and Imperial Preference in the 19th century, with the policy of appeasement of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and with the UK’s relations with the European Community/Union since the 1960s. It was the Tory Party under Edward Heath that took the UK into the then EEC in 1973, with Enoch Powell opposing him, and it is the Tory Party under Boris Johnson that is now taking the UK out.

Contrary to the superficial views that are widely put around, the Brexiteers constitute the Left of the Tory Party, not its Right. The Tory Right consists of the key representatives of British High Finance
and Big Capital as represented by the likes of the CBI, the City of London , Goldman Sachs, the globalisers and the Euro-fanatics, whose spokesmen inside the Tory Party were the likes of Philip Hammond, Dominic Grieve and David Gauke. The latter two lost their seats in the election.

Losing Britain as an EU Member, one of the largest national economies in the world, will be a savage blow to the EU.

It will encourage the democratic forces in every EU country that want to leave this anti-democratic supranational entity, get back their national democracy and independence and hasten the EU’s inevitable dissolution.

Democrats across these islands will rejoice today that the so-called “People’s Vote” campaign, led by Alastair Campbell, Peter Mandelson, Tony Blair and others, who shamefully sought a second referendum
because they did not like the result of the first, has been decisively repudiated.

In Ireland democrats will rejoice that the editorial writers of the “Irish Times”, who propagandized for a second UK referendum and whose eurofanaticism has destroyed the reputation for objectivity and balance of a once great newspaper, have also been effectively repudiated.

Britain’s political elite showed more self-respect and respect for its fellow citizens than its equivalent in Ireland, who shamefully made the Irish people vote a second time in the second Nice Treaty referendum in 2001 and the second Lisbon Treaty referendum in 2009, without the slightest change being made in either of these treaties.

In Ireland the Mary Lou McDonald leadership of Sinn Fein abandoned Republicanism by embracing Euro-unionism when they opposed Brexit in the 2016 referendum, thinking that “Remain” was going to win and that there would be egg on the faces of their local DUP opponents.

If the Sinn Fein leaders had stuck by their traditional EU-critical principles and continued to stand for Irish national independence vis-à-vis the EU, there would probably have been a Northern majorit for Brexit in that referendum. In those circumstances there would have been a whole new progressive dynamic between Sinn Fein and the DUP, for they would each have been campaigning on the same side against the policy of the then Cameron-led Tory Government, which was of course to “Remain”.

With a Northern majority for Brexit, Sinn Fein and the DUP could then have turned round to the Government in Dublin and the Southern political parties and said, “Follow us and the UK out of the EU”.

That would have put the latter completely on the spot vis-à-vis public opinion in the Republic, and the now historically inevitable Irexit would more speedily have followed Brexit. This was a tragically lost political opportunity with likely longterm consequences that could last decades.

To cover their abandonment of Republican principles and their embrace of Euro-unionism the Sinn Fein leadership now foolishly calls for a Border poll which, if held in present circumstances, could only aggravate further the division and bitterness between the two Northern communities – something the 1970/1997 IRA campaign,which Sinn Fein supported, significantly contributed to – and open the likelihood of significant Loyalist violenceif proceeded with.

It is to be hoped that genuine Republicans in Sinn Fein will urge that party’s leadership to pull back from their embrace of Euro-unionism and realize that only through forming genuine friendship and cooperation with their Northern Unionist neighbours and fellow countrymen, and eschewing explicit or implicit threats, can there ever be a path to peaceful Irish reunification with consent.

Anthony Coughlan

Director
The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre

Comments»

1. EWI - December 16, 2019

The Conservative win in the UK general election is a great victory for national democracy in these islands and for genuine internationalism against EU supranationalism.

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It is to be hoped that genuine Republicans in Sinn Fein will urge that party’s leadership to pull back from their embrace of Euro-unionism and realize that only through forming genuine friendship and cooperation with their Northern Unionist neighbours and fellow countrymen, and eschewing explicit or implicit threats, can there ever be a path to peaceful Irish reunification with consent.

What on earth is Tony Coughlan smoking? If this is really what’s being spouted, then I believe the betting on far right activists being platformed at the Greaves School is about to have a decisive result.

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WorldbyStorm - December 16, 2019

The line is near indistinguishable from that taken by populist right people. I was saying to someone he appears a lot more exercised by the EU than Irish partition.

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2. tafkaGW - December 16, 2019

A Lexiteer position from Sinn Fein would have led to a ‘progressive dynamic with the DUP’.

Wow. You couldn’t make it up.

It’s the *wrong Brexit* ™ Grommit!

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WorldbyStorm - December 16, 2019

Yeah – that’s incredible stuff. This is the danger with a sort of credulous approach to nationalism – the nation is always right and it encompasses and represents all its people irrespective of class or other factors. But materially that’s a nonsense, and the idea of SF and the DUP having the sort of commonality he proposes is likewise.

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roddy - December 16, 2019

The man’s mad

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Pangurbán - December 16, 2019

It’s hilarious you couldn’t make it up. Father jack does political commentary

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3. Daniel Rayner O'Connor - December 16, 2019

All that is simply a regurgitation of ideas that appeared in OSF’s United irishman more than forty years ago. There is the smack at the Provos for alienating the Prods, while ignoring the effect of NICRA in that task through its attack on Unionist privileges. (This not to deny that NICRA had a progressive effect in its mobilising of large numbers of anti-Unionists.) The belief in a Nationalist-Unionist United Front against Europe was also being mooted in opposition to these isles joining what was then the EEC; I remember the soundbite, ‘Paisley is also an Irishman’.
For a critic of matters European, and unlike his onetime ally, Roy Johnston, Tony is aping that most regressive of European families, the Bourbons. He has learnt nothing whilst remembering everything.

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Starkadder - December 16, 2019

Interesting. I recall Coughlan allowing his material to be
re-published on the website of the anti-European Bruges Group.

https://www.brugesgroup.com/blog/brexit-ireland-and-the-eu-1

The Bruges Group is associated with such well-known right-wingers as John Redwood, Norman Tebbit, Mary Ellen Synon and Margaret Thatcher.

Clearly, this wasn’t an aberration in Coughlan’s career.

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