By Thomas Scripps, 11 February 2021
Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove meets with European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič today, attempting to leverage the fallout from the EU’s aborted attempt to override the Northern Ireland protocol late last month amid ongoing vaccine trade wars.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2020
In a world far removed from this death and suffering, the parties of the ruling class were engaged in a day long ratification of the Brexit treaty agreed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government with the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 29 December 2020
Ultimately, the deal does nothing other than set the short-term parameters for the ongoing conflict between the UK and the European Union.
By Thomas Scripps, 22 December 2020
Amid a deadly catastrophe unparalleled in Europe since the end of the Second World War, the UK and the EU governments are locked in an intractable struggle for economic and political advantage.
By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2020
The decision was made after hours of talks over the weekend in Brussels.
By Thomas Scripps, 9 December 2020
In attempting to avoid a “no deal”, both the UK and the European Union are balancing their predatory interests against volatile domestic and international situations.
By Thomas Scripps, 12 November 2020
Biden is expected to return to America’s traditional approach of pushing its interests within the European Union.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 October 2020
Brexit is a nodal point of interlocking domestic crises confronted by the UK, the EU states, and the United States, and of rising geopolitical tensions between them all.
By Robert Stevens, 18 September 2020
Whatever the parliamentary arithmetic, Johnson is carrying out measures that can only deepen geopolitical fault lines.
By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2020
Brexit epitomises the malignant growth of inter-imperialist antagonisms that are plunging the world into a brutal trade war and exacerbating the threat of military conflict.
UK government planning troops on the streets for combined pandemic “second wave” and hard Brexit crisis
By Richard Tyler, 28 August 2020
The Cabinet study follows on from previous government plans for the possible imposition of martial law in the context of the deepening crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 February 2020
The EU and the British government presented sharply divergent documents outlining their goals for upcoming talks on their future relationship.
By Robert Stevens, 3 February 2020
UK prime minister Johnson is on a collision course with Europe that threatens to end in outright trade war and economic dislocation.
By Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 31 January 2020
Workers and young people in the UK must orient themselves not to British nationalism or the EU, but to the growing global upsurge of working class struggle.
By Thomas Scripps, 23 December 2019
According to a recent YouGov poll, just 44 percent of Britons trust BBC news journalists to tell the truth.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2019
A total of 38 Labour MPs defied Jeremy Corbyn’s instruction to oppose the bill.
By Robert Stevens, 20 December 2019
The Queen’s Speech confirms that the mantra of “Getting Brexit Done” is intimately bound up with escalating the offensive against the working class.
By Chris Marsden, 19 December 2019
Labour haemorrhaged support across the UK and among all sections of workers, young and old, from the north and south, those in favour of leaving the European Union and those for remaining.
19 December 2019
18 December 2019
By Statement of the WSWS Editorial Board, 14 December 2019
The electoral debacle suffered by the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn in the UK general election is yet another example of the political bankruptcy of what passes for the left and labour organisations.
By Robert Stevens, 22 November 2019
It is extraordinary that, under conditions where millions of young people are seeking a socialist alternative, neither Corbyn’s foreword to the manifesto or the actual text of the 107 page document mentions the word “socialism.”
By Robert Stevens, 21 November 2019
The debate was proof that, in any period prior to Tony Blair’s government, Corbyn would barely be considered even a “left” reformist.
By Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2019
An alliance between Labour and the Remain parties, and possibly some strongly pro-European Union Tories, is seen by sections of the ruling elite as an option for cancelling Brexit without handing power to a Corbyn-led Labour government.
By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2019
The frenzied media campaign branding Corbyn, the Labour Party and its left-wing members above all as anti-Semitic is the “push back” demanded by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
By Laura Tiernan and Chris Marsden, 8 November 2019
Williamson, a Labour Party member for 43 years, has been Corbyn’s most prominent defender against the efforts by Labour’s Blairite wing to remove him as leader.
By Laura Tiernan, 2 November 2019
Trump’s intervention comes less than four months after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the US government would not allow a Corbyn government to take office and would “push back” to prevent this.
By Robert Stevens, 30 October 2019
MPs voted to hold what will likely be the most volatile general election in post-war British history.
By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2019
MPs voted last night to reject Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s motion to call a snap general election on December 12.
By Robert Stevens, 26 October 2019
Germany, Spain and Italy are all pushing for the three-month Brexit extension, while French President Emmanuel Macron has emerged as the lone opposition voice.
Socialist Equality Party holds series of public meetings on “The Socialist Answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe”
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 25 October 2019
We publish here the speech delivered by SEP (UK) National Secretary Chris Marsden to the meetings in Britain held between October 6 and October 12.
By Robert Stevens, 24 October 2019
Speculation mounted Wednesday that any new Brexit extension authorised by the EU would be flexible, allowing the UK to leave the bloc at an earlier date provided the deal finally passes in Westminster and the European Parliament.
By Robert Stevens, 23 October 2019
Support for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill was the first time in more than three years that MPs have voted for a deal negotiated by the Tory government with the European Union.
UK Prime Minister Johnson forced to send request for Brexit extension after “Super Saturday” parliamentary setback
By Chris Marsden, 21 October 2019
The government is pushing for a speedy vote on Johnson’s deal, while the opposition wants to prevent one by tabling amendments, given that a no-deal Brexit outcome has been ruled out.
By Robert Stevens, 21 October 2019
The protest was led by a right-wing coalition of Blairites, Liberal Democrats and pro-EU Conservatives, culminating in a joint video presentation in Parliament Square, featuring John Major and Tony Blair.
By Chris Marsden, 19 October 2019
UK members of parliament will vote today on whether or not to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 18 October 2019
As news of the deal emerged Thursday morning, the hard Brexit supporting Jacob Rees-Mogg told parliament that on Saturday there would be a 90-minute debate to either approve a deal or to approve a no-deal exit.
By Chris Marsden, 17 October 2019
Following the deal, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker sent a letter to the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, stressing that it was now time for Britain’s parliament to do its part.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2019
Johnson has called an emergency session of parliament Saturday. There is rising speculation that he may be able to win support for a deal if he secures one, but parliament will not support a no-deal Brexit.
By Chris Marsden, 15 October 2019
If Corbyn is removed, it will not be as the “victim” of political disloyalty from either the Blairites or his own allies. He is the architect of his own fate.
By Robert Stevens, 12 October 2019
Labour MPs are reported to be “blitzing” party leader Jeremy Corbyn with demands that he support a fresh Brexit referendum being held before a general election.
By Chris Marsden, 10 October 2019
There are indications of powerful sections of the ruling class having concluded that it is now necessary to call on the services of Labour leader Corbyn—who has proven again and again to be a pliant political tool—to lead a “national unity” government.
By Robert Stevens, 8 October 2019
The government is set on a massive escalation of the constitutional crisis opened up by Brexit.
By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2019
Stating last month that he would rather “die in a ditch” than request an extension, Johnson is set on a collision course with the dominant pro-Remain faction of the ruling elite that could end in legal action.
By Robert Stevens, 3 October 2019
Johnson’s speech, framed around his pledge to “Get Brexit Done,” was dedicated to outlining what Sky News described as his “election manifesto.”
Corbyn holds pro-Remain party discussions over leading “caretaker” administration or stepping aside to allow “government of national unity”
By Chris Marsden, 2 October 2019
Corbyn’s refusal to take any position that is not acceptable to Britain’s ruling elite is what keeps Boris Johnson in power today.
By Chris Marsden, 27 September 2019
The answer to the Brexit crisis is not unity with the EU, but working class unity in a continent-wide struggle against all of Europe’s governments for the United Socialist States of Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 26 September 2019
The House of Commons resumed sitting Wednesday, following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted illegally in proroguing Parliament for five weeks from September 10.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 25 September 2019
British politics entered uncharted waters yesterday as the Supreme Court—the UK’s highest judicial body—declared illegal Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s authoritarian prorogation of parliament.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 September 2019
The Labour Party conference beginning Saturday will be dominated by the conflict over the party’s Brexit policy.
18 September 2019
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of meetings outlining the socialist answer to Brexit.
By Richard Tyler, 17 September 2019
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday in advance of his trip, Johnson had sought to present a tough-guy image, ridiculously invoking the Marvel superhero, the Incredible Hulk.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 September 2019
Pressure is being applied on Corbyn to commit Labour to campaigning for Remain in any Brexit referendum and any general election.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 September 2019
The authoritarian turn represented by Johnson’s prorogation of parliament is the most advanced expression of the breakdown of the traditional mechanisms of parliamentary rule.
UK: “Operation Yellowhammer” details savage austerity and confirms plans for state repression post-Brexit
By Thomas Scripps, 13 September 2019
The document is dated 10 days after Johnson became prime minister, confirming that Yellowhammer is the expected outcome of a no-deal Brexit.
By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2019
Scotland’s highest court, the Edinburgh Court of Session, ruled on appeal yesterday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proroguing of parliament for five weeks was unlawful.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 September 2019
The Financial Times is acutely aware that a Labour government could come to power, or that Labour could be essential to forming a “government of national unity.”
By Robert Stevens, 10 September 2019
Johnson’s anti-democratic suspension of Parliament was carried out to prevent opposition MPs from taking control of Parliament’s order paper over the next five weeks and derailing his plans to withdraw the UK from the European Union, without a deal if necessary.
By Robert Stevens, 7 September 2019
Johnson’s paean to the police must be understood in the context of the plans by the government, under Operation Yellowhammer, to deploy the full might of the state to contain social unrest post-Brexit.
By Steve James, 6 September 2019
Workers at Belfast’s Harland and Wolff have been occupying its shipyard since late July.
By Chris Marsden, 5 September 2019
In emerging as the leading figure for the anti-Brexit wing of the ruling class, Corbyn is making clear that he has no independent political alternative to offer the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 4 September 2019
MPs voted Tuesday evening to pursue the passage of a cross-party bill to prevent the Conservative government leaving the EU without a trade and customs deal.
By Robert Stevens, 27 August 2019
The fact that the suspension of parliament to thwart opposition to government policy is being considered for the first time in more than 70 years is a testament to the crisis wracking British imperialism.
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By Robert Stevens and Zweiter Autor, 27 August 2019
The fact that the suspension of parliament to thwart opposition to government policy is being considered for the first time in more than 70 years is a testament to the crisis wracking British imperialism.
By Robert Stevens, 24 August 2019
Corbyn’s meeting with Remain-supporting parties and MPs is his latest capitulation to the agenda of sections of big business opposed to leaving the EU.
Germany’s Merkel tells UK government no Brexit concessions—Labour’s Corbyn steps up calls for caretaker government
By Robert Stevens, 22 August 2019
UK prime minister Boris Johnson is seeking concessions based on convincing European Union leaders that Britain crashing out also poses major problems for Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2019
The crisis wracking the ruling elite over Brexit is the most severe since the Second World War.
By Chris Marsden, 16 August 2019
Corbyn’s letter sees him bend over backward to reassure his political opponents, including the Blairites in his own party, as well as big business that he has only the “national interest” at heart.
UK: Johnson government considers post-Brexit snap election, while Labour’s Blairites plot “national unity” government
By Chris Marsden, 12 August 2019
It is thanks to Corbyn that every likely outcome in parliament ends in governments committed to further austerity, militarism and war.
By Steve James, 9 August 2019
Transatlantic tensions and the Brexit crisis are undermining the Good Friday Agreement.
By Robert Stevens, 5 August 2019
The vote for the Labour Party in Brecon and Radnorshire collapsed, with its candidate coming fourth and only just retaining his deposit on a 5.3 percent share of the vote.
By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2019
Corbyn has acted as political midwife to a Johnson government, thanks to his suppression of all attempts by workers to wage a struggle against big business and its political defenders.
By Robert Stevens, 29 July 2019
The Conservative government of Boris Johnson announced over the weekend that it is “working on the assumption” that it will leave the European Union (EU) without a trade and customs deal on October 31.
By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 26 July 2019
Johnson’s is a class war government, with all the main positions filled by representatives of the extreme right of a very right-wing party.
By Robert Stevens, 24 July 2019
Despite Johnson’s boast that he will “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn,” his position is precarious.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 25 June 2019
Reports indicate that up to 12 Tory MPs are contemplating voting against a government led by Johnson if a no-confidence motion is brought by the Labour Party.
By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2019
The ruling Conservatives have suffered their worst ever election result, while Labour suffered a debacle almost as bad.
By Chris Marsden, 25 May 2019
May came to lead the country in 2016 as a hated figure and leaves it as a despised political failure.
24 May 2019
By Chris Marsden, 23 May 2019
Nigel Farage is intent on portraying the European elections, which will see a massive abstention, as a plebiscite on Brexit and a weapon against any move towards a second referendum.
By Robert Stevens, 17 May 2019
Galloway’s failed attempt to represent Nigel Farage’s party is indicative of how an entire layer of ex-Stalinists and the pseudo-left have become part of a new right.
By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2019
For Corbyn’s faction, the political function of these talks over Brexit is to side-line a discussion on the political crisis facing the government that could precipitate a general election.
By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2019
Having spent over three years hailing Corbyn as the left rebirth of Labour, Galloway now parrots the claim that Farage’s politics articulate the views of the working class on what he insists is the main issue of the day—Brexit.
By Robert Stevens, 12 April 2019
At best the European Union have kicked the can down the road, with no guarantees of a resolution.
By Robert Stevens, 10 April 2019
In another public humiliation, UK Prime Minister Theresa May met separately with the German Chancellor and French President, hoping to secure the backing of the EU’s two heavyweight powers.
By Chris Marsden, 5 April 2019
The talks on an alternative Brexit deal between UK Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn decisively refute all claims that his election as leader of the Labour Party offered a way forward for working people.
By Chris Marsden, 3 April 2019
After accepting talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would hold “in reserve” a no-confidence vote in her government.
By Robert Stevens, 2 April 2019
None of the four non-binding “indicative votes” on an alternative to Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiated withdrawal agreement for Brexit secured a majority vote by MPs Monday night.
By Chris Marsden, 1 April 2019
The answer to the Brexit crisis is a united mobilization of the millions of workers coming into struggle against Europe’s governments.
By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2019
Labour’s nominally “left” leader Jeremy Corbyn is working to ensure that the gravest peacetime crisis in the history of British imperialism is resolved through the worm-eaten parliamentary system, with the working class left as spectators.
By Robert Stevens, 28 March 2019
May’s pledge to resign is her last card in the attempt to convince the Tories’ hard-Brexit wing and the Democratic Unionist Party to back her European Union withdrawal agreement.
By Robert Stevens, 27 March 2019
MPs may indeed have formally taken control of the next stage of the Brexit crisis, but any positions arrived at in today’s votes are not legally binding on the government.
By Robert Stevens, 25 March 2019
The Socialist Equality Party was the only political party at the rally advancing a perspective for the political independence of the working class.
By our reporters, 25 March 2019
Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site spoke to demonstrators at Saturday’s anti-Brexit protest in London.
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 23 March 2019
Far from trusting their fate to Merkel, Macron, Juncker and Tusk, those protesting today must ally themselves with the European working class now waging political and social battles against the EU and its member state governments.
By Robert Stevens, 22 March 2019
The EU has agreed a plan allowing a delay of Brexit to May 22 on condition that UK MPs approve the deal the EU agreed with Prime Minister Theresa May by the previous official exit date of March 29.
By Chris Marsden, 20 March 2019
If May’s extension is rejected by Brussels at a summit on Thursday, Brexit is set for March 29, in just nine days.
By Robert Stevens, 16 March 2019
Ever since May took office as a minority dependent on the DUP, she has headed a government of permanent crisis, with her survival dependent on Labour leader Corbyn’s suppression of the class struggle amid a rising tide of anti-Tory sentiment.
By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2019
With just 16 days to go before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, no deal has been agreed on trading relations after Brexit.
By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2019
This week’s events signify that the Blairites have de facto total control over party policy, just over three years after they were annihilated by Corbyn in the leadership contest.