Another Europe Is Possible: sign the ‘London Declaration’

May 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm (campaigning, Europe, internationalism, left)

From Another Europe Is Possible:

Today, Yanis Varoufakis, John McDonnell and Caroline Lucas are launching this call to vote In and change Europe. You can add your signature here.

THE LONDON DECLARATION: VOTE IN TO CHANGE EUROPE

28th May, 2016

We come together from different backgrounds, political parties and movements. We are joining forces to call on people across the UK to rise up, campaign, and vote ‘IN’ to change Europe.

The people of Britain will make a historic decision in the referendum on 23rd June, 2016. In the next four weeks, progressives must mobilise to win their hearts. We cannot leave the future of our country in the hands of regressive politicians and vested interests who do not speak for us.

This is the first step in a bold campaign to reclaim our democracy – not just here in the UK, but all over Europe.

The European Union has built a lasting peace, helped protect our shared environment, created possibilities for protecting the rights of citizens and workers, and established common ground for Europeans to live, study and work together.

It suffers from serious flaws – a vacuum of democracy and economic policies which are unleashing a vortex of deflation and depression in several countries, yielding nationalism and xenophobia everywhere.

We are faced with a stark choice today. Either we walk away from the European Union and reap the whirlwind – or we join together across parties and borders to build an open, democratic Europe that works in the interests of all its citizens.

We know another Europe is possible. It is down to us to work for it.

If we leave the EU, who stands to benefit most? The political and financial elites of this country. Be under no illusion that a vote to leave will somehow strengthen British democracy, bring shared prosperity, or strengthen the influence of the majority of Britons over decisions that affect our common future.

‘Brexit’ would strengthen nationalism and xenophobia in Britain and across Europe, sowing conflict, strengthening toxic politics and accelerating an economic crisis that will drag all of us down. Being outside the EU will not insulate us from this fate.

We, the undersigned, have joined forces to campaign together for a democratic and progressive IN vote. We are against walking away from Europe, and we are against surrendering to the status quo in Brussels.

Our campaign against Brexit is also a campaign to join forces with democrats across Europe to confront the status quo and to democratise the EU. The unity of working people and progressives striving for a sustainable future is the only source of hope for better things to come. And this unity cannot, and should not, end at the British Channel.

By joining forces to promote the Remain vote on June 23rd, we are beginning a passionate campaign for a Britain that prospers in:

  • A Democratic Europe in which authority stems from Europe’s sovereign peoples, decision-making is transparent and communities are empowered;
  • A Social Europe that recognises rights and freedom from exploitation as a prerequisite for true liberty;
  • A Dynamic Europe that unleashes the creative and productive powers of its citizens;
  • A Peaceful Europe, which serves as a force for good in our neighbourhood and around the globe;
  • An Open Europe that is alive to ideas, people and inspiration from all over the world, instead of building fences and borders to divide us;
  • A Sustainable Europe, leading the way in the green transition to the flourishing economies of the future, and living within the planet’s means.

We are united in this call; now we are calling upon all of you to join us. This is your campaign. Let us work together to vote IN on the 23rd June, and to change Britain and Europe for the better!

7 Comments

  1. Steven Johnston said,

    What a load of BS, at least it shows it’s not just the leave crowd that are full of it. Seriously, is anyone naive enough to believe this or anything those speakers say?

    • Jim Denham said,

      State your case, please, Steven.

      • Steven Johnston said,

        Actions speak louder than words, wait till you win the vote and you’ll see, you’ll still live under capitalism. A system that cannot be made to work in the interests of the majority. I hope I’ve made it clear that I am not a supporter of either side as I know that inside or out, the working class will still be exploited. So, my question is always, why would socialists support British capitalism inside or outside of the EU?

      • Jim Denham said,

        “wait till you win the vote and you’ll see, you’ll still live under capitalism”: err: thanks, Stephen for educating me on that: I never realised that! How thick I am!

      • Roger McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

        My own problem is not so much with Jim et al voting Remain – after all quite literally everyone who in other respects I agree with politically is doing so and I loathe the Leave fanatics as much as anyone – but the Pollyanna-ish absurdity of statements like this one.

        Just imagine what a Lenin or a Trotsky would make of such deluded liberal waffle.

        And ‘a force for good in our neighbourhood and around the globe’ – tell that to all the people lying in mass graves in former Yugoslavia…

        Vote Remain as a clear lesser evil? That I can respond to – but I just can’t stomach any more of this…

  2. Glasgow Working Class said,

    This is probably the last chance to bring down this monster. The four above are no doubt thinking about their future political careers. Once they are in then why would they want to upset the cart.

  3. Steven Johnston said,

    Jim, it’s Steven with a v, not a ph.
    Glad to educate you on that, hope it’s sinking in, if not hope this will help.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36414892
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36348654
    The peasants are revolting! In the EU!

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