Comrade Owen Jones Backs Brexit

Last week he flirted with the idea of supporting leaving Europe, today comrade Owen Jones joins the cause:

“David Cameron is now proposing a renegotiation that will strip away many of the remaining “good bits” of the EU, particularly opting out of employment protection rules. Yet he depends on the left to campaign for and support his new package, which will be to stay in an increasingly pro-corporate EU shorn of pro-worker trappings. Can we honestly endorse that?

… Hostility to the EU is seen as the preserve of the hard right, and not the sort of thing progressives should entertain. And that is why – if indeed much of the left decides on Lexit – it must run its own separate campaign and try and win ownership of the issue.

Such a campaign would focus on building a new Britain, one of workers’ rights, a genuine living wage, public ownership, industrial activism and tax justice. Such a populist campaign could help the left reconnect with working-class communities it lost touch with long ago… 

The case for Lexit grows ever stronger, and – at the very least – more of us need to start dipping our toes in the water.”

A campaign for ‘Lexit’… now who might want to lead that?




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