The 'Remain' camp has lied repeatedly, claiming that the economy of the UK would go into meltdown if the country was to become independent. The UK trades with the EU as a major importer of EU goods, so the idea that the EU would erect tariffs to halt trade is ludicrous. As Socialists, we find this argument beyond pathetic. Both the Leave and Remain camps have focused upon the need for transnational commerce. SWPE absolutely rejects the need for the UK to rely on trade to survive. This argument is as crass as the pro-Monarchy one which revolves around the need for us to keep in place a parasitic Ruling Class in order to draw in global tourism!
SWPE demands Brexit as a first step towards economic and social self-reliance for the UK. We don't need to trade with other countries. We don't need to be a part of the global capitalist prison camp. What we do need is to be self-sufficient and to make sure that the economy is the servant of the people, with every penny made here or exchanged here, staying here. The Capitalists who believe in a 'free market' are arguing that the UK needs to stay inside the EU in order for goods produced here to get to the customers in the EU. This isn't true. The UK imports just about everything we use, and so leaving the EU without drastically changing the economic direction of the country, would not alter the import situation. The Capitalist economy of the UK imports the majority of goods from China, with the rest coming mainly from the EU. The outcome of a 'Remain' result in the referendum would keep us locked into that system.
A 'Leave' result would - perhaps - make imports more expensive, thus making it necessary for the UK to restore its manufacturing base and produce what we need at home. Exports would become cheaper in that circumstance, further boosting the manufacturing sector and creating jobs. The Capitalist argument to 'Remain' makes no sense.
SWPE predicts that tomorrow the Referendum will see a clear majority of those who bother to vote, voting to stay in the EU. The negative campaigning by the Remain team will have swayed the people into voting for the status quo rather than having the courage to make a decision. That campaign has included forecasts of mass unemployment, more expensive imported televisions (!) and the ludicrous argument that we won't be able to go on holiday to the EU unless we're a part of it (forgetting the millions of Chinese tourists who visit the EU but are not from any of the member states).
The worst part of the campaign has been the intriguingly timed murder of the Remain campaigner, Jo Cox MP, and of the helpful and equally interestingly timed death threats against Yvette Cooper MP. The people have been subjected to ridiculous propaganda to the effect that the UK cannot survive on its own and that there is no alternative to Global Capitalism. The murder and death threats at the end of the campaign have only served to give the impression that Leavers are desperate terrorists and that a vote to Leave is a vote for tyranny. Its almost as if the Ruling Class orchestrated the murder of one of their lackeys to ensure the people stay cowering inside the system which keeps them down. Regardless of the truth of that, they have certainly made use of the events which have made Remain appear the anti-terrorists' choice.
The build up to the Referendum has seen the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, reverse years of campaigning AGAINST the EU in which he accurately described it as an anti-democratic imperialistic tool of corporate oppression. The shameful betrayal of his alleged Socialist principles has left the Working Class in the position where those we are supposed to see as leaders, are lined up against us. Of course, Corbyn, like Cooper and the late Cox, is a Trotskyite, and when it comes down to serious political matters, he can be guaranteed to serve his Banker masters. Before exposing himself as an enemy of the Working Class (and before securing leadership of the Labour Party), Corbyn made the following observations about the EU:
- [If] Greece leaves both the eurozone and the EU its future would be uncertain, but at least it could be its own. … There is no future for a usurious Europe that turns its smaller nations into colonies of debt peonage.
- Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU, has no problems integrating rail services with Germany, France and Italy, and I do not think that any other country should have any problems either. What we have is the worst of all worlds
- Public opposition to the EU’s TTIP treaty is “a cri de coeur for democracy and for the right of people to elect a Government who can decide what goes on in their country.
The betrayal by Corbyn has at least highlighted that the Labour Party will never offer any solutions to the problems of the People, regardless of whether they are Trotskyite fake-Socialists or Blairite ultra-Capitalists. But the joining of the vast majority of the Labour Party with the Liberals and most Conservatives, coupled with the obedient pro-EU propagandists of the BBC and most of the mainstream media, has left the Working Class without a voice, save for the likes of UKIP who have been painted as extremists and of course linked to the murder of an anti-Leave MP and the allegation of death threats against another.
Tomorrow we have a chance to say NO to tyranny. We have a chance to Vote Leave. We have to use that vote, even though the odds are stacked against us. The electoral fraud in the Scottish Independence referendum where pro-Scotland (Leave) votes were 'accidentally' counted as pro-UK (Remain), has set a disturbing precedent in which votes have been miscounted so that the will of the Ruling Class can be enforced. The same lies of lost pensions and economic meltdown were used to scare the Scottish People into staying in the UK prison, as are being used to keep the UK locked into the EU.
If we Leave the EU, power will be brought a step closer to the People, allowing us to control our own laws, economy and way of life. For English Socialists this means a big step forwards in the battle against Global Capitalism, with the next step being an end to the UK, followed by decentralisation to the English regions and ultimately giving power to the People.
If we Remain in the EU, this will not mean that things will simply carry on as before. The EU will use the result to push for closer integration, with an EU Army, Police and Legal System in place to make sure no one country ever escapes its clutches. The TTIP will transfer the EU into a trans-Atlantic bloc with absolute power being transferred to the Capitalist corporations. These factors together will make it possible that the imperialist aggressors of NATO will become the combined EU/US military, pushing us towards war with free-Europe (Belarus and Russia). The NHS will be lost forever as will any chance of having our industries owned by and working for us. Mass immigration as a result of NATO aggression displacing people from countries bombed for global profiteers, will ensure that the EU has a constant supply of cheap labour to drive down pay, eliminate decent working conditions, and make Wage Slavery more unpleasant than Slavery with chains.
If you want to be a Slave, to have your children owned by the Capitalist parasites, to have 'education' turned into pure indoctrination, to have the Class System reinforced to the point that you and your descendants will never get any more than the scraps from the table of those who think they have a right to own you, then vote Remain. If you want to be free, join with all SWPE activists and vote Leave.