England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example. — William Pitt the Younger
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. — Benjamin Franklin
EU is Dead. Long Live a Free Europe.
In the Greek EU referendum last year, the bullying and hectoring failed to work. The Greeks said No to the EU.
The bullying and hectoring in the UK failed to work, the people said No.
When the votes were counted, what we saw was a victory by the people.
Lives were not sacrificed in two World Wars for the UK to be ruled by an unelected 28-member junta located in Brussels.
David Cameron has done the decent thing and resigned.
George Osborne has to go. He threatened the British people with economic terrorism if they voted to leave the EU.
Labour showed they were out of touch during the Scottish Referendum. Out of touch during the General Election. Out of touch on the EU Referendum. There was not the support within the Labour movement to leave as had been claimed.
Labour has one last chance under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. Either reform or go the way of socialist parties in Greece and Spain and be replaced by radical, grass roots parties. This means a radical agenda, it also means a purge of the Blairites. The poison of Tony Blair has to be removed from Labour. If the evidence stacks up following publication of the Chilcott Inquiry, then Blair has to be put on trial for war crimes.
This morning we had war criminal Tony Blair crawl out from under his stone and call for Jeremy Corbyn to go. And on cue, two Blairite MPs table a Vote of No Confidence in Jeremy Corbyn. Others are given a platform by the BBC.
Blairites need to wake up to the fact, Jeremy Corbyn has widespread public support they do not.
One of the huge mistakes made by Labour and the Trade Unions, was to attribute to the EU hard won rights by generations of workers. If, as they falsely claimed, handed down by an undemocratic big business cartel, then what role Labour, what role Trade Unions?
Every single right we have, was won by ordinary working people.
Green Party, and especially Caroline Lucas, lost what little credibility they had, with the ludicrous claims they made for EU benefits.
One of the few people to come out with any credibility was Yanis Varoufakis. He made no claims for EU benefits, he told it as it was, but asked that we stay in to help fight the EU.
The politicians are out of touch. They cannot decide what a Post-EU future will look like. There has to be open public meetings across the country to draw up a consensus.
This morning President of the Council of Ministers Donald Tusk showed arrogant contempt for the people of Europe. He said it was to be business as usual for the remaining 27. His arrogant contempt for democracy illustrates all that is rotten with the EU.
Leaders of the 27 are to meet without David Cameron in crisis talks. David Cameron is still British Prime Minister, UK is still an EU member.
Greece was treated in the same way, meetings were held without Greece.
UK has triggered a mass demand across Europe for countries to leave the EU.
Our friends in DiEM25 must now change course. Their motto reform or disintegrate, is now outdated, has been overtaken by events. They must heed what their colleagues in UK and across Europe are saying, dismantle the EU and move to a better future. This means, we cooperate at grassroots across Europe. We move to a network of cooperating, sovereign, democratic, European countries.
Until there is a General Election, should the Tories run the country? Should we not have a grand coalition government?
Whatever happens, we need John McDonnell, with the help of Yanis Varoufakis, to draw up what could be an Emergency Budget, to stabilise the economy. This means as outlined last year, investment in jobs, green infrastructure, dealing with tax dodging and an end to austerity.
All Partly Leaders must sign a pledge that they will respect all existing environmental protection and employment rights legislation.
We need to increase the Minimum Wage.
We need to assure all those from Europe living and working in UK, they are welcome. They should also, if they work and pay tax, be entitled to claim benefits.
Free movement of people was never to envisage the mass movement of people we now see.
The German equivalent of the CBI, has recognised existing trading agreements should remain.
Germany exports 50.9 billion euros worth of goods to the UK.
We must knock on the head the lies that are circulating, that Brits will not be able to work and live in Europe.
We must make clear, leaving EU, does not make us anti-European.
We should encourage and help other countries to leave the EU. For those in the euro zone, leaving is going to be difficult without their own currencies. They should establish parallel cryptocurrencies.
We need to transfer power to lowest possible level.
Citizens across Europe should seize control of Town Halls, implement participatory democracy, then network across Europe. Follow the examples of Barcelona and other towns and cities across Spain, of Frome in Somerset with their Flatpack Democracy revolution.
We must support open coops, collaborative commons.
Cornwall is highlighting the loss of its regional funding from the EU. Other regions will be in the same position. This funding should be maintained, but it should go on green infrastructure, for example establishing community owned local area networks into which renewables feed, supporting and establishing social enterprises.
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