IN HIS address last week at the TUC annual congress, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn informed delegates that Labour’s priority was to stop a No-Deal Brexit at all costs.
Only when this had been achieved would he support a general election in which Labour would fight on a policy of supporting a second referendum ‘with a credible option to Leave and the option to Remain.’
At the time, it appeared that this represented a split between Corbyn and his shadow chancellor John McDonnell who had insisted two days previously that Leave in any form would not be an option in a second referendum.
Yesterday, in an article in the Guardian, Corbyn’s promise of a ‘credible option to Leave’ was revealed to be a sham and that Corbyn is now firmly in the camp of McDonnell and the right-wing of the party.
His credible option turned out to be nothing more than complete capitulation to the EU by keeping Britain tied forever to the customs union, the single market and the EU courts.
Corbyn wrote: ‘A Labour government would secure a sensible deal based on the terms we have long advocated, including a new customs union with the EU; a close single market relationship; and guarantees of workers’ rights and environmental protections.’
He continued: ‘We would then put that to a public vote alongside Remain. I pledge to carry out whatever the people decide, as a Labour prime minister.’
Corbyn went on to say that Labour was now the ‘only UK-wide party ready to put our trust in the people of Britain to make the decision.’, and he took a swipe at the LibDems saying that ‘now the Liberal Democrats want MPs to overturn the referendum result by revoking article 50 in a parliamentary stitch-up. It is simply undemocratic to override the decision of a majority of the voters without going back to the people.’
What a monumental act of hypocrisy! Corbyn and the Labour leadership are preparing to knife the 2016 referendum decision to leave the EU by calling a referendum in which Leave will not figure on the ballot paper.
Instead, they will be offering the choice of Remain or accept a deal which keeps the UK tied permanently to the EU, but without even the voting rights of full membership. This is what going back to the people means for Corbyn.
Workers will be asking themselves exactly what workers’ rights the EU has ever protected?
In fact, the EU is responsible for imposing the most brutal austerity on workers throughout Europe with its laws that demand that countries in the eurozone cut their public debt each year for the next 20 years.
EU policies have caused massive youth unemployment in Greece (60%), Spain (56%) and Italy (43%) and even the IMF has admitted they were designed purely to save the European banks from collapse after the crash in 2008.
The EU courts, which Corbyn is so keen to remain tied to, enshrine in law rules that make state aid and nationalisation of industry illegal – meaning that all Corbyn’s promises of re-nationalisation and government intervention would be killed off by the EU.
Corbyn concluded his article saying: ‘Labour is the only party determined to bring people together. Only a vote for Labour will deliver a public vote on Brexit. Only a Labour government will put the power back into the hands of the people. Let’s stop a no-deal Brexit – and let the people decide.’
The people have already decided in 2016.
With the Labour leadership and the Remain majority in parliament determined to overturn the will of the people through legal coups, the issue today is that Brexit can only be achieved by the working class shutting down parliament and taking the power by advancing to a workers government.
A workers government will leave the EU on October 31st and put an end to the rule of the bankers and bosses by expropriating them and going forward to a socialist planned economy.
This will win the support of the working class of Europe who will rise up and put an end to the EU, replacing it with the United Socialist States of Europe. Only the WRP fights for this policy – join today!