A take on Brexit from UK anarchists – read the whole piece here: https://thehecklersewca.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/theres-a-third-position-that-can-be-taken-on-brexit/
We’re anarchists and as such, distrust all power structures. By definition, we’re opposed to the European Union because it is a power structure that promotes corporate interests – think back to the thankfully failed Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Also take a look at Fortress Europe – there may well be freedom of movement within the EU but for anyone from outside, particularly if they’re non-white, there are massive barriers to their entry into Europe.
Also, look at how one of the leading powers in the EU treat their citizens when they rise up in protest against a neo-liberal imposed austerity. We’re talking about France and the increasing repression by Emmanuel Macron’s paramilitary thugs of the grassroots Gilets Jaunes protest movement. This has been going on since last autumn. A number of protesters have lost their lives. Many more have been seriously injured and maimed.
If this is what a leading EU power can get away with without being taken to task, we want no part of such a union. What shocks us is the number of so called liberal minded people who still see the EU as some kind of cuddly, benign organisation. They’re not – when push comes to shove, EU member states will have little compunction about launching violence on their own citizens who may have the temerity to take to the streets in protest against government policy
Just because we reject a neo-liberal EU, it doesn’t mean we’re going to be running into the arms of the likes of Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg…or even Claire Fox for that matter! Farage, Johnson and Rees-Mogg are carpetbaggers who see a no-deal Brexit as the perfect opportunity for them to launch their disaster capitalism, sucking what’s left of this country’s battered and demoralised public services into the private sector. None of the many Leave voters we know want this outcome.
To all of those Remainers and Leavers who think there are only two sides in the seemingly never ending Brexit debate, we say there’s a third, radical option of rejecting what the EU stands for on the one hand and what the carpetbaggers and asset strippers such as Farage, Johnson and Rees-Mogg want on the other hand. To put it crudely, they’re nothing more than two cheeks of the same arse and we emphatically reject both of them!
Bear in mind that in the 2016 referendum on EU membership, one in four of eligible voters did not cast a vote. There are a variety of reasons for this. One is the feeling that the arguments from both Remain and Leave didn’t offer enough in the way of verifiable facts to enable them to make an informed decision. Another is instinctively recognising that neither the EU or a so called ‘sovereign’ Britain offer any solution to a working class beaten down by almost ten years of austerity.