I can’t judge all the consequences to Britain of the vote to exit the European Union, but there are a few things I am sure of.
- The United Kingdom had many serious economic problems before Brexit—financialization, the hollowing out of manufacturing, the decline of the British pound, unnecessary government austerity.
- Politicians and journalists will use Brexit as the scapegoat and explanation of these problems, and an excuse for not doing anything about them.
- If the UK joins the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Trade In Services Agreement or other corporate-sponsored trade agreements, it will lose whatever national sovereignty it gained by exiting the European Union.
Why They Left by Costos Lapavitsas for Jacobin magazine.
‘I want to stop something exploitative, divisive and dishonest’—conversation with a Leaver by Oliver Humpage for Medium.
Britain is not a rainy, fascist island — here’s my plan for ProgExit by Paul Mason for The Guardian.