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Abandoning the UE is not an occasion to isolate from the world, rather the necessary decision to refuse the intrinsically liberist policy Europe is based on (despite all the “social democracy” proclamations), seeing it ( the liberist ideology) as NOT modifiable being it the very foundation on which this Europe was built on in the first place. GB refused the current EU model, based on the subordination of democratic institutions and subordinate classes to the whims of Bruxelles’ technocrats and on the expoitation of lower classes by who has the means to do that (i.e. international capital). The only adequate environment on which to restore socialdemocracy nowadays, things staying as they are now, is the National State, where the demos should be redefined not in contraposition to other nationalities but in contraposition to neoliberist predatory élites. NOTE: I know, London is a beneficiary of international capital but it can be considered almost as a separate city-state with its own rules and economy that’s why is not considered beneficial to the overall well being of GB.
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We share a lot of your frustrations about the direction the EU has taken and agree things need to change to strengthen the social aspect of Europe. However, we have to disagree with what you see as the causes for this. Europe is not subordinating democratic institutions – MEPs in the European Parliament are directly elected by European citizens, the European Council is made up of national governments and the European Commission is accountable to both these bodies. The fact is that the EU has contributed to the longest period of peace and prosperity in modern European history. We live in an ever more globalised world and if we want to tackle the major issues we face – from tax evasion to climate change  -then we need to work effectively together. If we split into 28 separate national countries, we would see a race to the bottom on workers’ rights, tax, and environmental standards. For all the faults of the EU, it remains the best model we have to face common challenges and create the more progressives societies that we want to see.

1 year, 5 months ago in Brexit

Whether or not we have the EU, globalisation will continue to exist – through technology and through trade, we are more connected to each other and we are more interdependent than ever. That’s not going to go away just because the EU institutions are no longer there… In this context, how we can go back to “rebuilding social democracy only in the national state” when the challenges we face are international? I agree that global capitalism has negatively impacted the working class the most, but it’s only by having social democratic parties at the international level that we can effectively stand up for workers rights. It’s only internationally that we can push back against social dumping, hold multinational companies to account for tax evasion… Also re. Brexit – the UK as a whole in the EU has traditionally been the one pushing a more neo-liberal agenda so I’m not sure I agree with your interpretation of the Brexit vote as a rejection of the EU’s “liberal” ideology. Take a look at some Daily Mail or Sun headlines (the main newspapers pushing for Brexit) headlines to see how social democratic they are..

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