August 23, 2017

A Corbyn Brexit would betray the nation

A Corbyn Brexit would betray the nation

Isaac Ross fears a Corbyn government will use Brexit as a pretext and an apparatus to transform society into a mould of his ideological beliefs.  

When we voted to leave the EU, we envisaged a future Britain that was the legislator of its own laws, an amplified global trading player and a country that enforced a rigorous but fair immigration system. We voted to overturn the status quo of EU dominance. Reactionaries became revolutionaries. The maligned were emboldened. And we won.

Labour and Jeremy Corbyn, I fear, will – if given the opportunity to lead the country – hijack our hard-fought victory and wheel out their own left-wing vision; using Brexit as a pretext and an apparatus to transform society into a mould of their ideological beliefs.

The discontent amongst working-class leavers with an aloof and disinterested elite is being employed as an argument to alter a neoliberal economic consensus which stretches back to the 1980’s. It is claimed that the working-class are disenfranchised with free-market capitalism which is rigged in favour of the wealthy and the private sector to the detriment of the public sector and those in skilled labour.

Whilst the vote to leave the EU was unquestionably a sharp riposte to Westminster and the ruling elite, at no stage was Brexit ever a mandate for more state intervention in business, small and multinational alike. In fact, it was quite the opposite. The leading players of Vote Leave were unambiguously clear in their vision of the economic model of post-Brexit Britain.

We were painted an illuminating canvass of a global Britain; a Britain which sought to extend its trading tentacles across the world beyond the protectionist bloc of the European Union, a Britain which was free to pursue its own course where small businesses were emancipated from the hyper-regulation of the EU and a Britain of liberty; recovered by the state from an undemocratic, power-ravenous body and dispensed to the individual. This was the sentiment behind the national chorus of ‘Independence Day’.

Of course, capitalism isn’t infallible and government must take the necessary pragmatic steps to protect working-class jobs and ensure the prosperity of those at the bottom of the fiscal ladder. Where the lower-classes – to quote the Labour manifesto – feel the remoteness and unaccountability of power in Westminster ‘as it does in Brussels’ is due to crony cartel corporatism, which fails to provide the natural price-reducing instrument of competition. Free-market capitalism isn’t failing; it’s being suffocated from thriving and acting as an economy-strengthening wealth creator.

Instead, Jeremy Corbyn intends to inflate the state where EU red-tape is substituted with national obstacles to trade and business. Our efforts will have achieved nothing. We opted to ‘take back control’ – no frivolous slogan – and the decision of the nation must be respected and delivered.

The latest attempt to thwart the actualisation of Brexit from disgruntled Remainers has been the promotion of alleged ‘sensibility’. This is the case for not shooting ourselves in the foot and being pragmatic. Whether in regard to remaining in the single market for the supposed economic cesspit we will be lobbing the national finances into, or retaining the authority of the ECJ to some degree for the disruption and legal mess this will induce.

I believe that even if these hyperbolic warnings were entirely accurate, the democratic verdict of the nation must be upheld. As I pointed out to Craig Oliver (in a short and rather inglorious chinwag over that great platform of level-headed debate, Twitter) what was voted for must become reality regardless of what is presently evaluated to be ‘sensible’ or else democracy fails. In any case, the factor of sensibility is highly subjective and invariably will be shaped by personal and political bias.

In his excellent book ‘The Establishment’, Owen Jones relays an encounter with Paul Staines, the man behind the Guido Fawkes blog who told him that he wasn’t that ‘keen on democracy’. His reasoning was that it will always lead to ‘those who don’t have taking from those who do have’. Churchill’s incisive declaration that ‘democracy is the worst from of government, except for all the others’ comes to mind. The democratic process must be abided by regardless of the ‘injustice’ the system creates.

The same applies to Jeremy Corbyn and any attempt to implement a different form of Brexit than the one campaigned and voted for. It simply isn’t a representation of democracy and is no better than ignoring the entire referendum. Vince Cable may have blasted ‘Brexit Jihadis’ though the targets of his absurd tirade are actually noble extremists: democratic extremists.

On immigration too, Labour cannot be trusted to mirror what was decided by the electorate. The referendum was a naked display of unashamed patriotism, a contemporary much sniggered at trait viewed as inherently sinister and an elementary tenet of fascism. Jeremy Corbyn embodies this view, endorsed by his alliance and defence of a host of fellow anti-westerners. Indeed, his caution about unlimited immigration only came after months of pressure building on him to acknowledge this facet of the Brexit vote. In reality, Corbyn is a breathless admirer of unrestrained immigration and would ideally want to implement a borderless anarchy if not for the effect this has on the wages of the poorest in society.

Regardless of position across the political spectrum, the democratic mandate to leave the EU – incessantly, disingenuously, sulkily and incoherently assaulted since last year’s vote – must be upheld. That mandate was clear: one allowing us to take back control. Those intent on voting for Jeremy Corbyn must realise our prospects of achieving this will be at risk of sabotage in his hands.

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Isaac Ross

Isaac Ross is an aspiring political and social commentator. His primary interests include cultural matters, Brexit, party politics and foreign policy.

  • It turns out that EU nationals will have exactly the same ease of entry to the United Kingdom after withdrawal from the European Union (and believe in that when you see it) as they have now. Not quite that form of words has been used last week. But that was clearly what the preferred form of words meant. After all, any other meaning would require the introduction of identity cards. By David Davis. Who has resigned from Parliament in the past over civil liberties. Then again, did the vote to Leave have anything to do with the logically absurd desire for an unrestricted flow of goods, services and capital, but a greatly restricted flow of people? Leave won in the wrong places for that to have been so. Rather, the referendum result was the demand for a reversion to the British economic order that obtained before accession to the EU. That is to say, before New Labour and before Thatcherism, both of which happened after that accession. It is time for a Government that has ever really wanted to withdraw from the EU, and which has any coherent idea either how to do it or why to wish to do it. It is time for a Prime Minister has ever really wanted to withdraw from the EU, and who has any coherent idea either how to do it or why to wish to do it. It is time for Jeremy Corbyn.

  • naynaynay

    There are plenty of extreme Bennite left wing leavers who voted leave because they think the EU is too pro-competition and pro-corporation. Their Marxist Brexit ideal is of a socialist state untroubled by such things as EU procurement directives and competition laws. You cannot now say that their Brexit ideal is not what the people voted for – for the simple reason no-one knows what the people voted for because it wasn’t on the ballot paper. I suspect that the people of Sunderland’s view of a post Brexit world is somewhat different to yours. The sad thing is that Brexit provides the opportunity for Corbyn which he would never had had, were the vote to have gone the other way.

  • Bogbrush

    Before we even get to Corbyn we have to cope with the corporatist instincts of the current Conservative leadership. I agree that the ways things are going is just stoking up the resentment that will lead to an extreme left government but it’s the Conservatives who are laying that ground.

    Radical moves on home building – and I mean seriously big – has to be top priority but breaking up corporate power has to be up there. In practise that doesn’t mean price caps, it means deregulation and opening up access to new players.

  • Tommein

    Look no further than Greece to see what the hard left can achieve when people believe their lies. The current tax rate on self employed people has just reached 60% and they have absolutely no idea why they have 22% unemployment. (With 60% youth unemployment)

  • Ian Williams

    We voted to put law making back into the hands of our own parliament. If that means Mr. Corbyn gets to run things, so be it (though fingers crossed it doesn’t).

    BTW – I suspect you don’t mean “disinterested elite”; that is, one which acts even-handedly, rather than simply in its own interest.

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