This section contains analysis of events after Britain's formal withdrawal from the European Union at the end of 2019. Along with analysis of the UK-EU talks and final Agreement, we have shifted our focus to understanding and promoting a process of political and economic renewal, of which Brexit was just the beginning, not the end-point.
#12 - Scottish Separatism and the Void
9 May 2021
Scottish separatism is another baleful consequence of the wider void in British party politics. British democrats urgently need to develop a new democratic politics that can reconstitute the British nation and defeat the Scottish National Party.
#11 - War Without the People: The Political Void and Foreign Policy
9 April 2021
Since the Iraq War, the British government has resorted increasingly to covert means of intervention and warfare to evade democratic scrutiny and debate - with disastrous consequences. We urgently need to democratise foreign policy.
#10 - Maximising Sovereignty under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Outlines of a Strategy
4 January 2021
The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement still tries to tie the British government’s hands. A strategy is needed to maximise sovereignty and defy international law wherever democracy requires it.
#9 - The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Minimum Brexit
The Full Brexit
30 December 2020
The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement does not represent a decisive breakthrough for popular sovereignty. Indeed, it contains some of the elements of Britain’s member-statehood, which could continue to limit democratic control over our society and economy. But it does eliminate some of the worst aspects of EU membership, and extend legal and political space for the emergence of a real alternative to the neoliberal order.
#7 - Brexit Needs a Border Poll
11 November 2020
The enthusiasm of Remainers for the election of Joe Biden should convince British democrats that, if Brexit is to deliver its democratic potential, we need to support Ireland’s reunification.
#6 - The Second Lockdown is a Colossal Political Failure
Lee Jones, George Hoare and Peter Ramsay
3 November 2020
Britain will shortly follow Germany and France into a second national lockdown intended to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a colossal political failure, caused by the hollowing out of the state. There is a void where we need there to be a relationship of trust and authority between government and citizens, and amongst citizens themselves.
#5 - Class Politics vs Identity Politics: The Choice for Labour
1 May 2020
Labour’s 2019 election defeat was simply a one-off result caused by Brexit. It was the result of decades of abandonment of working-class people and class politics, and the party’s lamentable turn to neoliberal identity politics.
#4 - Who Should Pay for the COVID-19 Crisis? The Government
22 April 2020
As government spending surges and the economy contracts, the right says the poor must eventually pay through austerity; the left counters with proposals for higher taxes. But the true answer to “who should pay?” is: the government.
#3 - COVID-19 and the Failed Post-Political State
Tara McCormack and Lee Jones
17 April 2020
The British government’s lacklustre response to coronavirus pandemic is not due to being caught off-guard by an unexpected disease, Tory incompetence, or even austerity. It is a crisis of an entire way of governing society: the post-political, regulatory state.
#2 - The Resistance Volunteers for House Arrest
31 March 2020
The Corbynite left has actively cheered on a Tory police state that they earlier claimed was racist, fascist, and “worse than Nazis”. What does this tell us about them?
#1 - COVID-19: We’re Not In Control
Philip Cunliffe, George Hoare, Lee Jones and Peter Ramsay
28 March 2020
As coronavirus ravages the world, quarantined citizens are clearly not in control – but nor, despite appearances, are political elites or experts. The hastily assembled Tory police state has a hollow core where an active citizenry should be.