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Corbyn, Brexit and the struggle for the United Socialist States of Europe 17 Dec 2018 10:01 #12159

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By Chris Marsden
17 December 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to reach a deal over Brexit and the deepening paralysis of her government unfolds under conditions of a European and global crisis of capitalism, marked above all by the resurgence of the class struggle.

This finds its most significant expression in the Yellow Vest protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-market labour reforms and austerity measures. With Britain’s ruling elite wracked by fundamental divisions over economic and foreign policy direction, centred on Britain’s relations with Europe and the United States, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is playing the central role in preventing any independent response by the working class to the deepest crisis of capitalist rule since the 1930s.

Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell have cast themselves as a force for national stability, denouncing the inability of May and the Conservatives to “end the chaos.” Their appeal is not to the working class, but to the City of London—pitching a future Labour government as a safe pair of hands that will safeguard British access to the vital European Union’s (EU) Single European Market.

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