Brexit: New debates and hard choices

Johnson and his government are too incompetent and ignorant to deliver radical change post Brexit

English nationalists have succeeded in getting Britain to leave the EU. But they don’t know where they are going or how to get there, says Patrick Cockburn
The departure of Britain from the European Union should be the moment when the country would at last be free to determine its own future and start to transform itself for the better. The damaging rupture with the world’s largest trading bloc – and the political traumas within the UK – can only be justified if the Brexiteer leadership has a cunning plan for significant change.
The outlines of such a plan were vague to the point of invisibility at the height of the Brexit crisis, with little revealed beyond assurances from Boris Johnson that, once the shackles of the EU were cast aside,  the UK would have a splendid future.

Yes, Brexit is Worth It

16 December 2020
As talks with the EU drag on, many are asking: was Brexit worth it? Any true democrat must answer unequivocally: yes, absolutely.
With the post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union dragging on, and the active prospect of no deal being agreed, the question is being asked from all angles: was Brexit worth it?
The Full Brexit answer is simple: yes. From the perspective of any democrat, Brexit is undoubtedly the most important political event of a generation. Many nominally on the Left wish that the referendum had never happened, blame their own Remainer political failures on the People’s Vote “extremists”, or maintain a “Eurosceptic” position while still advocating EU membership. But, at The Full Brexit, we will not qualify or water down our support for the exercise of mass democracy that Brexit represented. Although Brexit remained a democratic moment without a democratic movement, it carried – and still carries – the promise and possibility of democratic renewal.

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By Thomas Scripps
Dec. 22, 2020
The bitter political conflict over Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) continues.
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 law, Britain leaves the EU on January 1. If no post-Brexit trade deal is in place, the UK will begin trading on World Trade Organisation terms involving tariffs and quotas.
On Sunday, the latest in a series of “final deadlines” passed. The leaders of the European Parliament had announced last Thursday that they would be able to pass a Brexit deal before the New Year only if “an agreement is reached by midnight on Sunday 21st”.