The Brexit vote to leave the European Union has many parents, but “Lexit” – the argument for exiting the EU from the left – remains an orphan. A third of Labour voters backed Leave, but they did so without any significant leadership from the Labour Party. Left-of-centre votes proved decisive in determining the outcome of a referendum that was otherwise framed, shaped, and presented almost exclusively by the right. A proper left discussion of the issues has been, if not entirely absent, then decidedly marginal – part of a more general malaise when it comes to developing left alternatives that has begun to be corrected only recently, under Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.
Ceding Brexit to the right was very nearly the most serious strategic mistake by the British left since the ‘70s. Under successive leaders Labour became so incorporated into the ideology of Europeanism as to preclude any clear-eyed critical analysis of the actually existing EU as a regulatory and trade regime pursuing deep economic integration. The same political journey that carried Labour into its technocratic embrace of the EU also resulted in the abandonment of any form of distinctive economics separate from the orthodoxies of market liberalism….
Loodame, et tekib vasakpoolne euroskepsis, siiani on vasakpoolsed olnud ühes voodis neoliberalismiga või ajanud oma utoopilisi teooriaid ning ideid. Praegu olen endiselt skeptiline vasakpoolsete suhtes ning poliitikas eelistan paremkonservatismi ning rahvuslikke poliitilisi jõude.