Get used to it, on March 29th 2019 Britain leaves the European Union.
This represents the culmination of one of the longest and most peaceful national liberation struggles in history.
It means Britain will be governed by its own elected Parliament.
Attempts to keep Britain in the EU and destroy the Government’s negotiating position were defeated in the two days of Parliamentary debates this week.
Chauvinists who prefer Brussels to rule them rather than Westminster were defeated.
New Labourites who prefer our people to pay extra for food, clothing and footwear because of EU customs union membership were defeated.
Unelected Lords, many fat on their EU pensions and sinecures, who prefer to be part of the EU army, the single currency and see Britain squandering billion as a net contributor to the EU’s corrupt and unaudited budgets were defeated and have no doubt paved the way for renewed calls to abolish the House of Lords.
The role played by Corbyn and the labour leadership in refusing to support membership of the European Economic Area was crucial to foiling the attempts by the Lords and the hard line remainers in parliament to subvert the vote to leave the EU. Without the steadfast stand by Labour, the EEA amendment would have been passed and Brexit would all but been abandoned.
Any trade union negotiator knows that you let your elected negotiating team negotiate and their final proposed settlement comes back to the members for approval. Chaos and gifts to the opponents only arise from pretending the members as a whole can negotiate every step of the way.
Attempts to undermine the government negotiating positions have been dominant for two years as Remainers in the Establishment use every trick in the book to talk down Britain and play up the neoliberal market that is Europe.
While mass unemployment still shapes the EU project, Britain now has 32.2 million workers in employment. Much of that employment is low wage and 26 million workers are not members of trade unions. This should give the largely pro EU union leaderships something to think about now.
We are leaving the single market the key EU mechanism. This should mean more controls on capital and careful labour market planning and controlled emigration and migration. It should mean a greener approach to the export and import of goods. We need to make and sell more in Britain. It should mean producing more to import less and to trade more equally with the world and new partners.
It will take some getting used to to be in a liberated country, but that is the direction we are heading.
Statement – June 14th 2017