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LEFT-WING Eurosceptics urged voters yesterday to cast their ballot in today’s European parliament elections against the EU bosses’ bloc.
Electoral coalition No2EU-Yes to Workers’ Rights, which is fielding MEP candidates across Britain, warned people not to be taken in by the claims of the Establishment parties or far-right Ukip.
“The pretence of a social Europe has now been dropped completely, revealing a corporate monster with an insatiable appetite for power and private profit,” said convener Brian Denny.
“The EU is designed to strip member states of any meaningful powers and transfer them to fundamentally undemocratic and corrupt EU institutions.”
Mr Denny said that the labour movement could no longer turn a blind eye to the EU’s relentless push for mass privatisation and the drive to war.
Transport union RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash backed the call for a No2EU vote, reminding voters that EU rules had privatised Britain’s railways and the same model was now being imposed on the rest of Europe.
“As Bob Crow warned us for many years the EU was created to impose capitalism and serve the interests of the rich,” he said.
And No2EU London candidate Alex Gordon warned that the EU was revealing its deeply imperialist and militaristic ambitions by sending troops to Africa and supporting a fascist takeover in Ukraine.
“The EU is supporting a far-right junta now in power in Kiev which is openly murdering socialists, trade unionists and anti-fascists.
“The resistance to this criminal behaviour must start here and you can join it by voting No2EU today,” he said.
Mr Denny warned that for all its bluster about the bloc Ukip was already campaigning in the European parliament for the same right-wing policies the EU stands for, including sell-offs and the dismantling of the NHS.
“Ukip MEPs openly support any EU directives that hand public services to private monopolies. They are no different from the Tories,” Mr Denny said.
In fact Ukip and the Conservatives have even held talks in Norfolk on an alliance to take over the county council after today’s local elections.
The deal would have local Tory leader Tom FitzPatrick become council leader and Ukip leader Toby Coke chair the council’s economic development committee.
Meanwhile Ukip’s bid to bolster its presence in Brussels with a Scottish seat hit the buffers again when protesters scuppered candidate David Coburn’s hopes for a folksy media event at a Tesco in a Shettleston, Glasgow.
The Morning Star watched store managers lead Mr Coburn away, heckled by the protesters.
Call centre worker Sam Baxter said it was important to confront Ukip, which spreads “racist lies, sits in alliance with fascist parties in Europe and puts forward ideas that harm working-class people.”
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