Labour and trade unions increasingly moving to supporting Single Market membership

12th September 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Ian Richardson

Both wings of the labour movement are increasing their opposition to Tory plans to quit the EU Single Market – a move that would lead to the loss of huge numbers of jobs and a general decline in living standards as inflation from the devaluation of the pound cut real wages. The political background is the increasingly acrimonious negotiations with the EU as government bluster about the claimed benefits of leaving the Single Market are exposed.

Labour’s moves on the Single Market – a further positive move by Jeremy Corbyn

8th September 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Brian Jackson

The new policies announced by Labour on the EU Single Market confirm further positive moves to defend living standards and jobs by Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. The decision to accept membership of the Single Market for at least a ‘transitional period’, while not excluding it as a permanent arrangement, is correct from the point of view of working class living standards. It was, for interrelated reasons, also immediately followed by a further strengthening of Labour’s lead over the Tories to five percent – 43% to 38%. Unfortunately, this move by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was incorrectly attacked by some on the left. It is therefore necessary to understand clearly why Corbyn’s position was correct.

Brexit is driving away migrants – hitting the economy and living standards

4th September 2017 Socialist Action 0

Notes from the front of 04-09-17

Brexit is driving away migrants – hitting the economy and living standards

In the wake of the EU referendum net immigration of EU nationals to the UK has fallen, as many working in the UK have returned to their previous home countries and fewer have chosen to come to the UK. This has been to the detriment of the economy, with several sectors already experiencing significant problems.

Labour’s new EU policy

3rd September 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Jane West

Labour’s announcement of its new policy for the Brexit negotiations – that the UK should stay within the Single Market and the customs union for a prolonged ‘transition period’ after formally leaving the EU – is both necessary and welcome. This approach puts the preservation of jobs and living standards rather than the anti-EU ideological shibboleths of the Tory right at the centre of the Brexit discussion.