THE EU, BREXIT AND CLASS POLITICS
Robert Griffiths, CPB
Which way now for the Labour Movement
A PEOPLE’S EXIT FROM THE LEFT
Continued from 30th July 2018
……..Any FTA (Free Trade Agreement) that is negotiated instead should at the very least allow for emergency measures to be taken to curb an outflow of capital or to limit imports if they threaten the existenceof a vital strategic industry such as (FOOD)or steel.
Nor should any FTA contain clauses which hand jurisdiction to the ECJ (European Court of Justice), prohibit state aid to industry, inhibit nationalisation or block other measuires that a left or progressiove government in Britain, Scotland or Wales might need to take in the future.
Disputes between the paties to an FTA should be settled by negotiation between them, not through a disputes resolution procedure or mechanism that permits TNC’s (Transnational Corporations) to take democratically elected governments to task for carrying out their legitimate policies.
A limited FTA that provides for no-tariff trade might be preferable to trading with the EU under WTO ( World Trade Organisation) rules, tariffs and quotas and all.
But the latter would be preferable to an FTA which perpetuates alignment with EU Single Market and Customs Union rules.
This is only one of the fields in which the labour movement needs a wider, genuine internationalist outlook which goes beyond the EU, its Single Market and “Fortress Europe”.
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