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Voters are hungry for new politics – bring on a leftwing Brexit

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03.07.2017

Does anyone remember Lexit? Back in those oblivious days before the referendum vote to leave the EU, it was the leftwing case for Brexit. The position cohered around the idea that the EU is anti-democratic – witness the way it dealt with the elected leftwing government in Greece – and an enforcer of devastating unfettered free-market economics and austerity programmes (again: see Greece).

But any progressive case for leaving the EU was quickly quashed by the rightward thrust of Brexit, which, with its narrow nationalism characterised by hostility to migrants specifically and foreigners in general, became an outright racist campaign. To argue for exit from the left in such a climate would fuel this tendency. At the time, you could say of Lexit: not bad as a theory, but absolutely not now.

Fast-forward to Labour gaining 40% of the vote on a........

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