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Volume 48 Number 19, June 23, 2018 ARCHIVE HOME JBCENTRE SUBSCRIBE

Second Anniversary of Brexit Referendum:

Hysteria and Division Surround the Brexit Votes and Negotiations

June 23 marked the second anniversary of the referendum called by David Cameron on the issue of whether to Remain in or Leave the European Union. June 8 was also the first anniversary of the snap election called by Theresa May that was supposed to provide strong and stable government after Cameron resigned following the Leave result in the referendum.

The referendum was not designed to resolve the question of whether to remain in or leave the EU. Nor was this the issue facing the working people of Britain. The problems facing society were not to be laid solely at the feet of either leaving or remaining in the EU.

Neither are the problems facing society going to be resolved through a "no deal" Brexit, a "bad deal" Brexit, or a "soft Brexit". There is anarchy in the realms of production and in the global economy at large. A "sovereign economy" of Britain, which "takes back control" from the EU, is a phantasm. The global imperialists dominate the economy.

Many analysts have pointed out when asking such questions as "who owns Britain?" that, for example, it is estimated that no less than half of companies in Britain are part of international cartels, monopolies or conglomerates.[1] This is the nature of global trade in today's world, which is not based on mutual benefit but on the unrelenting pursuit of private interests. The countries which make up the European Union are pursuing this path, since the decision-making is not in the hands of the people. The contradictions with Britain are of this character.

Theresa May has become completely bogged down in the issue of leaving the European Union. The hard fact is that despite Theresa May's protestations, talk of a "rules-based international order" is pie-in-the-sky. Not even within the Conservative Party can consensus be found through dialogue. There are competing private interests. For instance, one can name the financial oligarchy of the City of London, and also the armament manufacturers, which aim to make Britain the centre of a war-trade.

The transformation of society is required. Working people need to be empowered to control the direction of the economy and of society. The working class and people can harbour no illusions that their interests can be served without political empowerment. They must step up their resistance with this aim as the goal.


[1] See, for instance, the article "Who owns Britain?" in openDemocracy:


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