- Created: Friday, 01 February 2019 15:05
- Written by Robert Clough
Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! No 268, February/March 2019
Costas Lapavitsas, The left case against the EU. Polity Books 2019 184pp £14.99;
Another Europe is Possible: The left against Brexit – an internationalist case for Europe. 2018 48pp; downloadable from www.anothereurope.org.
As the Tory government staggers from one political crisis to another, so the opportunist British left continues to flounder in a reactionary morass of its own making. Determined from the outset to participate in the Brexit process, the left has put forward spurious and conflicting arguments as to why socialists should support either the Remain or Brexit camp. Whatever they may claim, however, both sides capitulate to chauvinism and imperialism. Remainers raise the spectre of future US domination to oppose withdrawal from the EU; ‘Lexiters’ play on the fear of a European juggernaut with Germany at its core undermining a future Jeremy Corbyn government. Corbyn himself is still pro-Brexit but leads a divided party where a majority are for Remain. ROBERT CLOUGH examines the arguments put forward by Costas Lapavitsas, a Lexiter who advises Corbyn, and those on the left of the Labour Party who favour Remain, organised in Another Europe is Possible.