Leave the EU!
ONE OF the best things our class has done is to ensure that Britain stays out of the euro. The next job in hand is to leave the EU. The Daily Telegraph said recently after polls showed growing support for an exit, “Leaving the EU, once a fringe issue, is now part of the mainstream.”
Under EU treaties, a new country would have to apply to join the EU. Scotland would have to apply to join the EU if it split away, whatever the SNP says. But the remaining parts of Britain could also then be deemed to be a new country. There is a danger that in the event of a Scottish vote to leave Britain, the EU would seize the opportunity to press a weakened “rest of Britain” to sign up to the whole “acquis communitaire”. That’s all the EU principles including the euro – backed by legislation and court decisions which constitute EU law.
The aim for the British working class must be “out of the EU, keep Britain together”. Press for the referendum the ruling class does not want. And expand the one we don’t want to let the whole country vote.
One bank for central control
At a summit in December EU leaders agreed to centralise banking supervision. The European Central Bank will become the chief regulator, weakening the position of individual countries. And beyond that, they agreed to a roadmap for further eurozone integration.
Free trade talks between the EU and India started in 2007 and have been kept mostly secret from the public. The little detail that is known suggests the agreement will increase poverty, inequality and environmental destruction in India.
The EU Commission and the Indian government want to complete the agreement soon, but will be in the European General Court this January to answer a suit by Corporate Europe Observatory over alleged privileged access to the talks for business lobby groups. CEO, a research and campaign group against excessive business influence over EU policy, says that business has in effect set the negotiating agenda. ■