Friday 26 May 2017

Neo-liberalism not the cause of Europe's rigid rule book

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

SUPPOSE the British trade union movement - not to mention Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party - had decided to support Brexit? The result would have seemed a foregone conclusion. Even Scotland might vote to leave.

This was certainly a fear in much of the Irish trade union movement - but not in all of it. Some would have liked to see things turn out that way. The EU has a wide range of enemies; from the nationalists of the English shires to the hard left, in trade unions and elsewhere.

Little Englanders one can understand, but why should the European project produce such hostility on the opposite side of the spectrum? After all, there is never an EU document which does not contain lofty aspirations about the social market, equality, gender balance, the environment and much else besides.

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