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COMMUNISTS have warned Britain is in the grip of a “deep political crisis” as they demand an early general election and departure from the European Union on March 29.
Speaking to the Communist Party’s political committee last night, general secretary Robert Griffiths argued that “the root of the crisis” is the vote for Brexit by a working-class majority in June 2016 while “powerful sections of the ruling capitalist class want continued alignment with the pro-big business rules of the EU single market and customs union.”
He quoted recent statements by Tory Cabinet ministers, business bosses, EU officials and pro-EU Labour and Lib Dem MPs as evidence that there will be co-ordinated attempts to further delay, undermine and if possible cancel the EU referendum decision.
“We may well see Article 50 extended, allowing extra time either to renovate Prime Minister May’s ‘bogus Brexit’ deal or to hold a second referendum in the hope that almost three years of hysterical anti-Brexit scaremongering will reverse the result of the first,” Mr Griffiths suggested.
“In any event, the aim will be the same: to maintain Britain’s subjection to pro-big business EU rules that would obstruct the policies of a future left-led Labour government.”
He urged the labour movement to maintain its demand for a general election and the election of a left-led Labour government to negotiate future arrangements with the EU as “the progressive way forward out of the current crisis.”
Mr Griffiths also warned that “some pro-EU Labour MPs are sharpening their knives” for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has defended the democratic principle that election results should be implemented, not cancelled on spurious grounds by the losers.
The CP political committee therefore demanded that Britain leave the EU on March 29 in accordance with the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
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