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EUROPEAN Union membership is destroying social democracy in countries across Europe, according to Britain's Communists.
John Foster told the Communist Party of Britain political committee last night that Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Spain and the Netherlands have suffered historic defeats in elections.
"All of them have identified themselves closely with the EU and its disastrous neoliberal orientation in favour of austerity, privatisation and so-called "free market" policies that are destroying public services, the welfare state, collective bargaining, job security and social well-being," the CP international secretary continued.
"It would be madness, therefore, for the Labour Party to commit itself to any future arrangements binding Britain to EU single market rules that would prevent a left-led government from pursuing its popular manifesto programme."
The committee warned that a customs union agreement with the EU would almost certainly prevent British governments from making mutually beneficial trade and co-operation agreements with growing and developing economies around the world.
Communist Party trade union organiser Andy Bain urged solidarity with workers in Greece, Portugal and Italy resisting EU-imposed policies of privatisation and cuts in benefits and pensions.
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