FOR POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY, DEMOCRACY, AND ECONOMIC RENEWAL
Proposals and Think-Pieces for Post-Brexit Britain and Europe
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#12 - Moving Towards Socialism: Economic Reform, Popular Sovereignty and the Nation-State
If the British left is truly serious about wanting to build socialism, it must support Brexit, implement swinging economic reforms, and recommit itself to popular sovereignty and commanding the levers of national power.
Growing clamour to remain within the EU's Customs Union, especially from the Labour Party, ignores the longstanding left-wing case against the Customs Union, writes Richard Johnson. Far from being internationalist, it is protectionist, hurts developing countries, and strips us of the right to protect public services and uphold other important left-wing values.
#10 - The Full Brexit: There is an Alternative to Brexit in Name Only
Lee Jones, Peter Ramsay, Anshu Srivastava and Mary Davis
Government and opposition disarray over Brexit, reflecting their entrenchment in EU structures, is driving the UK towards Brexit in Name Only. But leaving the EU is no fantasy: we can achieve a clean break with the EU and regain popular sovereignty. This article explains how, detailing the contents of a Withdrawal Agreement and future relationship.
The British growth model is broken, and a Full Brexit is needed to fix it. A report for Policy Exchange argues that Britain must shift from an economy based on consumption, high net migration and low-wage employment, which European integration has helped to entrench, to one driven by investment, innovation and exports.
Contrary to mainstream “Corbynista” opinion, the problems of capitalism cannot be resolved merely by an anti-austerity level of state spending. Structural change in our economy is necessary to create the egalitarian society craved by the British Left. Leaving the EU creates the opportunity for this radical change in economic management.
The Brexit vote has exposed and intensified Britain's constitutional crisis, but also created a great opportunity to revive the democratic foundations of the British state. The best way forward is to create a federal constitution, turning Westminster into an English parliament and creating a new federal tier of government.
#6 - The Irish Border: Passing Brexit’s Acid Test of Sovereignty
Peter Ramsay and Chris Bickerton
Contrary to Remainer opinion, it is possible to solve the question of the Irish border using technology already used elsewhere in Europe. The barriers to doing this are not technical, but political: deploying this technology would require Britain to reaffirm its sovereignty over Northern Ireland – to fully take responsibility for governing this part of the country.
Calls for a second referendum make no sense constitutionally or politically. The idea that the first referendum would be binding was never contested at the outset, only subsequently, by bitter, undemocratic Remainers unwilling to accept the verdict. Overturning the result will be politically disastrous, unleashing a wave of populist reaction.
Brexit should give the UK control over its border and immigration policy. But rather than implying xenophobia, this can be an opportunity to open Britain’s borders to anyone who wants to work here – not just European citizens. Brexit is an opportunity for the UK to decide whether it wants to be a society that is open or hostile to immigration, and draw up its own laws accordingly.
#3 - Forget “Bespoke Deals”, We Need a Full Brexit
Chris Bickerton and Richard Tuck
Two years after the referendum, the UK is still seeking a special deal with the EU while still enjoying new freedoms outside of it. This circle cannot be squared. If Brexit is to create an opportunity for genuine economic renewal, the UK should aim for a basic trade agreement and direct its energies towards more fundamental domestic reforms.
Many on the British left are trying to minimise the impact of Brexit by campaigning to remain within the Single Market. This is tragically misguided. The Single Market imposes massive constraints on economic policymaking, which any leftist should reject. The only way to break with the disastrous paradigm of neoliberalism is to quit the Single Market and adopt a radically different set of regulations and policies.
#1 - Give EU Nationals Resident in Britain Full British Citizenship
Chris Bickerton and Peter Ramsay
The unresolved status of EU nationals living in Britain after the EU referendum is scandalous, creating deep anxiety among millions of people. However, the EU's demand to retain legal jurisdiction over Britain to protect these people is equally scandalous. The issue should be resolved by offering EU nationals fast-track British citizenship.