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Brexit Left?

Is there a case for Brexit on the left? Larry Elliott made the argument recently in the Guardian. He thinks the EU was only another crutch that British capitalism sought to lean on. Moreover, he thinks the EU would outlaw … Continue reading

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Soft Brexit is the worst of all worlds

There seems to be a head of steam building among Conservatives for a 2-3 year ‘transition period’ after Britain formally leaves the EU before separation is complete. This could be an ‘off the peg’ arrangement, i.e., membership of the European … Continue reading

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Brexit Politics and Britain in the world economy

One of the many painful ironies of Brexit is the popular belief among ‘leave’ supporters that it means taking back control of our borders. David Goodhart gave this theme a novel twist with his characterisation of people with roots in … Continue reading

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Left, right, about turn

The call for Labour politicians to reconnect with its working class base used to come from the left. It was shorthand for reconnect with socialism, the ‘historic mission’ of the working class. Now it is Labour’s right, starting with Tom … Continue reading

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Corbyn Clarification Clarified

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell say Labour will negotiate a free trade agreement outside the EU single market. Maybe yes, maybe no say Barry Gardner, shadow secretary for international trade and Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary, the following day. It … Continue reading

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Corbyn Clarity

I stand corrected already! Labour wants a ‘jobs-first’ Brexit, but one in the form of a bespoke agreement with the EU providing tariff free access outside the single market (Corbyn on Andrew Marr, McDonnell on Peston on Sunday). Well, it … Continue reading

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What do we know about Brexit and what should Labour do?

Apologies for a long post. Its that bloomin’ Brexit again! I should state a view from the outset. The starting point is Britain’s place in a world dominated by international corporations and a global financial elite, trade blocs and regional … Continue reading

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