Socialist Worker

A left exit from the European Union is possible

Issue No. 2498

Teachers at their NUT union conference last month

Teachers at their NUT union conference last month (Pic: Socialist Wroker)

Outrage in the right wing press last week showed that it’s possible to put forward a socialist case for leaving the European Union (EU).

Their fury followed a debate on the EU referendum at the NUT union’s annual conference.

One Daily Mail newspaper headline whined, “Hard left teachers want Britain to leave the EU because they want MORE immigration and the Brussels club isn’t socialist enough.”

The Daily Telegraph’s headline said, “UK should leave the EU ‘to have freedom to let migrants in’.”

The articles were a fantastic advert for a left case against the EU. The Mail described teachers denouncing the “Fortress Europe” EU as a “bosses club”.

It quoted teacher “Ian Muller” telling NUT delegates, “Syrians and Poles, refugees and economic migrants, you’re welcome here.”

Delegates debated a motion that said “vicious racism is built into the foundations of the EU”.

Unfortunately the NUT agreed not to take a position on the EU.

But it was refreshing to hear a left wing argument for leaving being widely reported—and to see the right rattled by it.

Right wingers, in the Remain and Leave camps, want to use the EU referendum to whip up racism and bolster austerity.

The EU promotes bosses’ interests at the expense of workers. Its border controls murder refugees. Socialists should oppose the EU—and build the case for a left exit.

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