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Brexit wins. An illusion dies

What now for the radical left? If you're asking yourself that question you could read this blog post - Food for thought from Paul Mason, Guardian columnist and author of 'Postcapitalism - a guide to our future'. Recommended by Irene Ratcliffe

ProgrExit: A 5 Point Plan

What the UK’s progressive parties should do now. If you agree, spread the word.

1. Force a general election within 6 months.

2. Labour, the SNP/Plaid and Greens to make electoral pact to keep UKIP out and stop a right wing Tory government destroying progressive legislation

3. Detailed Article 50 negotiations to be put on hold until new government in power

4. A Labour/SNP/Plaid/Green coalition government to negotiate terms of Brexit, aiming to stay in EEA if possible but in all cases to retain progressive laws on consumer rights, environmental protection, workers rights etc.

5. New government to call second Scottish referendum; with Devo Max on ballot and no-penalty arrangements for secession overseen by Treasury/BoE in case of Yes vote to independence.

If you think this plan is worth doing, pass it on and force the leadership of your respective parties to stop finger-pointing and start fighting for a progressive outcome to the election and the Brexit negotiations.

Paul Mason, journalist and film-maker (and Labour Party member)

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commented 2016-06-26 12:40:56 +0100
I completely agree with points 2,4 and 5 and, until a few hours ago I would have agreed with point number 1 (unfortunately, the damage being done to the Party’s standing by the Blairites in the Shadow Cabinet has made an early election less desirable). On point 3, I think it is important that people know just how poor a deal the Tories are able to get before we have the General Election. Whatever deal we get will be far worse than what we have now, to give us a good deal would be political suicide for the other 27 governments in the EU and I find it hard to believe that any other government could be as stupid and shortsighted as our own. If we are the government negotiating Brexit, and the public have nothing to measure our deal against, we will get the blame for the consequences. If there is to be an early general election, we have to have a commitment to return to the EU, which should we win, will then give us the democratic mandate to overturn the referendum result.

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