“For left wing internationalists in the UK the problem is not migration; nor is it even ‘sovereignty’ — which is always pooled in a multilateral world. It is that the EU is programmed by Treaty to destroy the core values of Europe.
The Commission’s demand that the Greek people should vote Yes to austerity in the referendum of July 2015 was the ultimate betrayal of Europe’s founding values.
It revealed that, on top of an irreformable structure there is a new problem: that Germany’s elite — and some of its people — are content to use the Euro system for their own differential advantage (link | chart), even if that means crushing the democratically elected government of another country. As a result, after July 2015 Europe became a system based on force, not rules.
Against the power of global corporations, hedge funds, and investment banks we need:
- parliaments with the sole power to legislate;
- a press with the power and will to scrutinise;
- a rigorously apolitical civil service;
- and a legal system tilted in favour of the citizen.
For the pro-Brexit left, the problem is Europe’s institutions fail on all counts.”