The UK Brexit Referendum
By our reporter, 16 November 2018
The 585-page document includes a legal guarantee to ensure the Irish border remains open after Brexit, with the UK remaining in a customs union with the EU until a broader EU-UK trade deal can be finalised.
By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2018
Prime Minister May has been brought face to face with the full implications of the growing antagonisms between the US and Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 14 November 2018
So acute is the crisis facing May’s government that sections of the ruling class and the state apparatus are factoring in the possibility that a general election might be unavoidable, and that a Corbyn government is becoming a distinct possibility.
By Robert Stevens, 26 October 2018
That May, who supported Remain in the 2016 referendum, was able to seize the day reflects a pronounced shift in ruling circles, who cannot countenance a hard Brexit.
By Robert Stevens, 22 October 2018
The campaign in support of a second referendum on British membership of the EU is a cross-party initiative with significant support and funding from the political and corporate elite.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 October 2018
With the government in turmoil, Labour is advancing itself as a responsible representative of the British ruling elite.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2018
If the May government fails to secure an EU deal without precipitating a pro-Brexit Conservatives and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) rebellion, a general election might result, bringing a Jeremy Corbyn Labour-led government to power.
By Alex Lantier, 5 October 2018
With mass layoffs prepared in auto firms, plans in ruling circles are well advanced to place the cost of any Brexit crisis firmly on the backs of workers internationally.
By Margot Miller, 27 September 2018
The UK car industry faces massive disruption if the government fails to agree unfettered access to the EU single market, with the loss of tens of thousands of jobs threatened.
By Thomas Scripps, 26 September 2018
Labour Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer, speaking for the Blairites and dominant sections of British business, sees the latest compromise as a step toward committing Labour to retaining membership of the EU.
By Chris Marsden, 22 September 2018
Theresa May's address was met with silence and her implied threats were stonewalled, as the main players within the EU combined the next day to declare her proposals to be “unworkable.”
By Laura Tiernan, 19 September 2018
Labour’s endorsement of the IPPR plan makes clear that, behind the talk about governing “for the many, not the few,” Corbyn and his allies are adopting trade war policies.
By Julie Hyland, 3 August 2018
Underlying the febrile atmosphere that has developed since the Brexit referendum vote are explosive class tensions.
By Robert Stevens, 21 July 2018
The call for a national unity coalition seeks to address fears that May’s downfall could end in the election of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By Robert Stevens, 18 July 2018
May’s attempted compromise over Brexit has blown up, due not simply to events in Britain, but also to the antagonisms between the US and Europe.
By Chris Marsden, 11 July 2018
US President Trump has made no secret of his hostility to the EU and desire to weaken what he considers a rival trade bloc, including by supporting Brexit and imposing sanctions.
By Chris Marsden, 10 July 2018
Unlike David Davis, who stressed that he remained loyal to Theresa May, Johnson quit in a manner designed to inflict maximum damage to the prime minister.
Resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis prompts talk of leadership contest, British general election
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 July 2018
Fear of triggering a general election is all that continues to hold the Tory party together, such is the depth of the rift over Europe.
By Steve James, 27 June 2018
As the Home Office scheme currently stands, EU citizens will be required to carry identity cards, which have never been enforced in Britain.
By Robert Stevens, 21 June 2018
With the May government beholden to its pro-Brexit wing, there is a stepped-up effort to use Labour as the political vehicle for preventing Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Brexit crisis intensifies as “Remain” Tories reject bogus compromise on parliament having “meaningful vote”
By Chris Marsden, 15 June 2018
Divisions within the Tories were matched by those in Labour, as 90 Labour MPs rebelled against leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By Steve James, 9 June 2018
The escalation of tensions risks becoming a conflict not only between England, Scotland and Wales, but between London and Brussels.
By Paul Mitchell, 10 May 2018
Theresa May’s Conservative government suffered another defeat in the House of Lords on Tuesday, as peers voted for an amendment to the European Union withdrawal bill.
By Chris Marsden, 28 April 2018
The prime minister is under pressure from both sides of her party to clarify her position on the customs union, the mechanism allowing goods to be transported tariff-free between European Union member states.
By Robert Stevens, 25 April 2018
Support for the customs union from a sizable cross-party faction is a stalking horse aimed at ensuring the UK remains in the Single Market and possibly reversing Brexit entirely.
By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2018
The Electoral Commission’s latest investigation testifies to the deep tensions within the British bourgeoisie over Brexit.
By Chris Marsden, 21 March 2018
Struck against the background of demands for action against Russia, the agreement gave expression to rising antagonisms between the UK and its European rivals.
By Chris Marsden, 3 March 2018
Despite her conciliatory tone, May failed to meet EU demands to flesh out what her government means by “ambitious managed diversion.”
By Steve James, 2 March 2018
The European powers’ draft, put together in consultation with the Irish government, is an aggressive response to British maneuvers.
By Chris Marsden, 1 March 2018
Corbyn’s speech expresses the role that would be played by any future Labour government, under conditions where a deepening Tory crisis could hasten a general election.
By Chris Marsden, 2 February 2018
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met privately with the leaders of the major employers’ organisations, including the Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors and the Federation of Small Business to discuss Brexit.
By Chris Marsden, 16 December 2017
Guidelines issued for the UK on Brexit stipulate that it must adopt all new European Union laws created during the transition period, while being excluded from any decision-making role.
By Chris Marsden, 15 December 2017
The parliamentary defeat for Prime Minister Theresa May has been hailed as proof of a majority for a “soft Brexit”—preserving at all costs full access to the Single European Market.
By Chris Marsden, 9 December 2017
The European Union will likely allow the UK to move on to the next stage of discussion on the terms of Brexit, focusing on a future trading relationship.
By Julie Hyland, 7 December 2017
According to Ken Clarke, Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of Murdoch’s British arm, News International, said she was “running the government now in partnership with David Cameron.”
By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2017
The May government has failed to reach an agreement with the European Union after seven months of acrimonious talks.
By Steve James, 28 November 2017
Northern Ireland has not had a functioning government for months. Now the government in the Republic of Ireland faces collapse.
By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2017
The UK Electoral Commission is investigating whether the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum on British membership of the European Union breached its £7 million spending limit.
By Chris Marsden, 11 November 2017
European Union officials have let it be known that they are making contingency plans based on Prime Minister Theresa May not surviving beyond the end of this year.
By Robert Stevens, 19 October 2017
EU leaders will today inform British Prime Minister Theresa May that after five rounds of negotiations over the terms of its exit from the EU, the UK needs to make further concessions.
By Robert Stevens, 27 September 2017
The conference vote on Brexit took on surreal elements, being held on the same day that it was announced that the beginning of a fourth round of talks between the UK and the EU again broke up without agreement.
By Steve James, 25 September 2017
Dugdale’s career points to the hollowed-out character of Labour and leader Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to wage a struggle against the party’s right-wing.
By Robert Stevens, 23 September 2017
While Conservative Prime Minister May’s speech in Florence was flagged as bridge building with the European Union over Brexit, not a single EU leader or representative was present.
By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2017
The British government’s position paper on the terms of its exit from the EU stresses the UK’s role as the second military power in NATO, to underline the implicit threat that it will withdraw military and defence co-operation with the bloc.
By Julie Hyland, 13 September 2017
The so-called Great Repeal Bill, incorporating European Union (EU) legislation into British law, passed its second reading in parliament early Tuesday morning.
By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2017
The former Labour prime minister called for EU nationals without work in the UK to be barred from renting homes, opening bank accounts and receiving health care.
By Julie Hyland, 7 September 2017
As parliament begins its debate today on the second reading of the so-called Great Repeal bill, the Labour Party officially announced it will vote against.
By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2017
The European Union insists there can be no progress to discussion on future relations without Britain settling its “divorce” bill first.
By Chris Marsden, 30 August 2017
The Financial Times welcomed Labour’s support for continued membership of the European Union Single Market, saying that it put the party “firmly on the side of business.”
By Chris Marsden, 22 July 2017
The political turmoil and economic dislocation surrounding Brexit has dramatically undermined the authority of Britain’s rulers, not only in Brussels but also in the eyes of millions of workers.
By Chris Marsden, 13 July 2017
The formation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on European Union Relations comes prior to the moving of the Great Repeal Bill concerning Britain's exit from the European Union.
By Steve James, 24 June 2017
The DUP’s current policy is to extract as many concessions as possible to offset the catastrophic economic impact of Brexit, while maintaining Northern Ireland’s position in the UK.
By Chris Marsden, 20 June 2017
Britain’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and Michel Bernier of the European Union launched negotiations Monday on the terms of Britain’s exit from the trade bloc.
By Robert Stevens, 27 May 2017
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gave his response to the Manchester suicide bombing yesterday, amid the further unravelling of the government’s narrative of the attack.
By Robert Stevens, 22 May 2017
The commitment to Britain’s exit from the European Union is a pledge to proceed with intensified attacks on the working class.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 May 2017
The Stoltenberg-May talks confirm that behind the official reasons given for the calling of a snap general election, one of its central aims is to further the UK’s war agenda in alliance with US imperialism.
By Chris Marsden, 4 May 2017
May’s accusation that the EU is interfering in the UK election in language hitherto reserved for Vladimir Putin testifies to an escalation of hostilities with Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2017
Under the guidelines, discussions on trade between the EU and the UK can only proceed after the divorce payment and agreement on other terms of Britain’s EU exit.
By Johannes Stern, 29 April 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the UK “will not have the same rights and cannot expect to be treated better than a member of the European Union.”
By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2017
Labour's preoccupation is satisfying the concerns expressed by the majority of Britain’s bourgeoisie, which supported Remain and whose interests are tied to the EU.
By Chris Marsden, 22 April 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May’s calling of a general election is an attempt to shape post-Brexit politics based on an agenda of trade and military war.
By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2017
In calling the election, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to expand her government’s majority by exploiting the crisis facing Labour.
By Chris Marsden, 19 April 2017
Events in Britain are unfolding at a time of a build-up to a possible US war against North Korea and unending anti-Russian propaganda.
By Alejandro López, 6 April 2017
Sections of the Spanish ruling class have calculated that Brexit offers Spain an opportunity not only to reclaim Gibraltar but also to possibly become Washington’s new strategic ally in Europe.
By Julie Hyland, 1 April 2017
The bill is framed to meet the demands of banks and big business to end all regulation of their predatory activities.
By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2017
Representatives of the EU and the continent’s major powers reacted with undisguised hostility to Prime Minister Theresa May’s triggering of the Article 50 process.
By Chris Marsden, 30 March 2017
The centrifugal forces tearing apart the EU reveal the failure of any attempt to overcome, within the framework of the capitalist system, the national antagonisms that gave rise to two world wars.
By Chris Marsden, 15 March 2017
As the Tory government presses on with its plans to leave the EU, the United Kingdom could itself face the same dissolution that threatens the European Union.
By Steve James, 27 February 2017
The British and Irish governments have insisted that, post-Brexit, no border checks will be imposed, but no one has yet come up with a means to explain how this can be done.
By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2017
In the face of a renewed offensive against him by the Labour Party right wing, Corbyn and his key supporters again called for unity with his opponents.
By Chris Marsden, 18 February 2017
The two rival groups organising overlapping rallies on February 20 offer no means to wage a struggle against Trump’s cabinet of billionaires and social reactionaries and May’s pack of baying Thatcherites.
By Richard Tyler, 11 February 2017
Cox’s brutal murder shocked millions, but her death has been used in the most cynical fashion by the most right-wing forces within the Labour Party.
By Robert Stevens, 9 February 2017
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to support the government’s bill whether his party’s amendments were accepted or not.
By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2017
The government promises the best of all possible worlds for British imperialism, with no means of achieving this ambitious goal.
By Chris Marsden, 2 February 2017
Following the vote, the UK will enter a period of intense political crisis.
By Paul Mitchell, 31 January 2017
Political divisions have been brought to the peak of intensity by Prime Minister Theresa May’s efforts to cultivate relations with the US administration of Donald Trump.
By Chris Marsden, 27 January 2017
It is a measure of the deterioration in relations between the US and the rest of the world that May’s visit has prompted bitter recriminations from leading voices representing British imperialism.
By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2017
While the Supreme Court came down in favour of Parliament, nothing has been resolved politically by its verdict.
By Chris Marsden, 18 January 2017
May’s aggressive posture is bound up with efforts to forge an economic and political alliance with the incoming administration of Donald Trump in the United States.
By Chris Marsden, 10 January 2017
The row over what relationship the UK will have with the European Union takes place under conditions where its very survival is threatened.
By Robert Stevens, 7 January 2017
The Tories and Labour are fighting over which party is more stridently opposed to immigration.
By Steve James, 28 December 2016
The Scottish National Party government are hoping to directly benefit from the Brexit debacle by laying claim to additional powers for the Scottish parliament.
By Julie Hyland, 17 December 2016
Labour’s Keir Starmer called for a “national consensus on Brexit,” with freedom of movement restrictions central to negotiations with the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 10 December 2016
Whatever verdict on whether Prime Minister Theresa May has the power to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will only deepen the schism in ruling circles.
By Robert Stevens, 8 December 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May originally opposed the motion, but was forced to accept it as between 20 and 40 pro-EU Tory rebels were pledged to back Labour.
By Robert Stevens, 7 December 2016
The Supreme Court hearing takes place amid an escalating political crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union, as the EU itself descends ever deeper into chaos.
By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2016
The case stems from the major constitutional and political crisis sparked by the narrow June 23 referendum vote to exit the EU.
By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2016
New leader Paul Nuttall’s promotion of anti-immigrant and law-and-order rhetoric is a right-wing populist veneer for the defence of British capital against the working class.
By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2016
Support for a second referendum on the UK’s European Union membership has only minority support in Parliament but cuts across existing party divisions.
By Paul Mitchell, 21 November 2016
Hutton’s defence of a political and economic system that is committed to austerity only legitimises UKIP’s demagogic posturing as the voice of the “people” against “the elites.”
By Richard Tyler, 19 November 2016
Cox was shot and stabbed multiple times in broad daylight on the way to her MPs surgery.
By Steve James, 14 November 2016
The collapse in the value of the pound against the euro is increasing the price of the €4.4 billion in food exports from the Irish republic to Britain.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 7 November 2016
In portraying the European Single Market as progressive, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is siding with finance capital and big business interests against the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2016
The High Court ruling that only parliament may trigger Britain’s exit from the EU has spurred collaboration between pro-remain forces committed to overturning the referendum vote to leave.
By Julie Hyland, 4 November 2016
The High Court ruled that Parliament alone has the right to trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union.
By Steve James, 25 October 2016
For Sturgeon and the SNP leadership, the threat of a new independence poll is a tool to extract concessions from London—primarily over the terms of Brexit.
By Robert Stevens, 24 October 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she will activate Article 50 by the end of next March.
By Robert Stevens, 20 October 2016
A xenophobic campaign by British politicians and media is being waged against children arriving in the UK from the Calais migrant camp.
By Robert Stevens, 4 October 2016
Johnson gave a disgusting panegyric to militarism and empire, bragging that Britain “has directed the invasion or conquest of 178 countries” over two centuries.
By Robert Stevens, 3 October 2016
According to plans put forward by Theresa May, Britain will be out of the European Union by March 2019—a year ahead of a scheduled 2020 General Election.