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19.10.17 - Scargill: Labour’s Shameful EU Betrayal

Britain should have left the European Union on Friday 24th June 2016. All that was required was to invoke Article 50 (1) in accordance with Britain's own constitution.

Immediately, Britain would have (a) ceased paying the £10 billion annual membership fee to the EU and (b) saved the £60 billion trade deficit Britain incurs each year.

I am appalled by Jeremy Corbyn's u turn on this fundamental issue. I together with Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Benn campaigned against Britain's membership of the EU and against every Treaty and Directive for over sixty years.

Get out of the EU NOW without any agreement with an unelected bureaucratic bunch of ‘blackmailers’.

Arthur Scargill, Leader, Socialist Labour Party

23.09.17 - Brexit: Scargill Calls on May to Resign!

Following the Prime Minister's announcement that the government will seek to maintain Britain's membership of the single market until 2021, SLP Leader Arthur Scargill says he believes the political establishment is preparing to betray the democratically expressed will of the British people. He called upon Mrs May to resign.

The full text of Arthur's statement:

'Theresa May’s announcement that the Government is prepared to keep Britain in the European Union for a further four years is a betrayal on a par with Chamberlain’s sell out to Hitler in 1938.

It is the ‘Will of the People’ expressed in 2016 to get out of the EU and back into the world which has been betrayed so shamelessly.

The Prime Minister’s announcement means that for at least another four years the UK is saddled with ‘Free Movement’, the Customs Union, Single Market and continuing political control exercised by an unelected body in Brussels.

The British people voted against continuing to pay £10 billion a year to the EU and maintaining a trade deficit of £60 billion.

May should resign. The British People will never forgive an act of such treachery'.

Arthur Scargill, Leader, Socialist Labour Party

07.08.17 - Socialists Must Defend Venezuela Says Scargill

Arthur Scargill today condemned 'left' politicians and activists whom he says criticise Venezuela's government while they should be condemning the war being waged against the country by foreign powers.

'Unlike Social Democratic leaders I support President Nicolas Maduro and the United Socialist Party as it struggles against forces supported by the USA and the CIA'.

The Socialist Labour Party Leader went on to say that those who have been trying for many years to overturn the USPs elected mandate are the 'same anti-democratic forces which overthrew Allende in Chile and murdered thousands'.

'All socialists' he said should support and defend the sovereign identity of Venezuela.

27.03.17 - There is No Impediment to Immediate Withdrawal from the EU Says Scargill. VIDEO in two parts

Two days before Prime Minister, Theresa May, is due to trigger article 50, Socialist Labour Leader, Arthur Scargill, told an audience in Cardiff that nothing is necessary for Britain to withdraw from the EU beyond a letter of notice.

Speaking at the city's Sandringham Hotel, the former miners leader blamed a 'capitalist globalisation programme' which he said began in 1948 with the Marshall Plan, for inflicting destruction upon our industries and commerce which is 'almost on a par with the destruction that took place across Europe in the Second World War'. The price of the 'free movement' enshrined in the 2008 Lisbon Treaty was, he said, the contracting out of labour to drive down wages. The so called free market is nothing to do with the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and other settlers which he insisted can only be protected by governments.

Mr Scargill criticised Sinn Fein and 'others in the labour movement' who had opposed each of the treaties designed to override the sovereignty of governments, for 'changing their positions'. In light of the powerful promotion of the European state for decades, Mr Scargill suggested their belated support for the EU was a matter of political expediency.

Under article 51, Mr Scargill said that any EU member state can trigger article 50 'in accordance with its own constitution'. Since Britain has no written constitution, there are no conditions which the EU is entitled to set in any process of withdrawal.

24.06.16 - Socialist Labour Party welcomes Britain's vote to leave the EU. It will strengthen the struggle for a better world

Socialists have good cause to celebrate the British people's decision to come out of the European Union and get back into the world. The Socialist Labour Party's policy and reasons for leaving the European Union – very different from those of Tories or of UKIP – have been vindicated by the outcome of the Referendum.

The SLP has always recognised the EU as an engine of free-market globalised capitalism. Membership of the EU has inflicted horrendous economic, social and political damage to all working people trapped within it. As for Britain, 90% of our manufacturing and key industries have been wiped out with our health, education and welfare provision steadily wiped out. We see the damage everywhere around us in the need for food banks and campaigns to protect homeless families and hundreds of individuals sleeping rough, whilst high-cost sky-scrapers shoot up to house billionaires and blight our cities.

The decision by the British people to 'come out' of the unelected and unaccountable bastion of the European Union allows us to renew the fight to restore all the industries and services privatised by Tory and Labour Governments to public ownership – but this time we must campaign for true common and social ownership and control: in our badly damaged National Health Service; our social services including care for our elderly and children; in our education system; and we must demand the restoration of council housing, owned and controlled by local authorities.

The vote to leave the European Union is a challenge to Britain's trade union leaders to reflect the views of their members on issues such the abolition of Trident and opposition to nuclear power and fracking, alongside job protection, wages, zero-hours contracts, agency working and privatisation. The Socialist Labour Party has consistently pointed out that EU membership has eroded – not protected – workers' rights.

European Union directives and European Court of Justice decisions have robbed us of hard-won free collective bargaining, the right to strike, and attacked our pension rights. We must now all join a fight to overturn these injustices – and Britain's trade unions must give a lead in recovering the rights our forebears fought hard to achieve.

The Socialist Labour Party has consistently made clear the fundamental difference between immigration and people seeking asylum, on the one hand, and the massive inflow of 'migrant labour' from EU countries under the 'free movement of labour'. Both before and after the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 the number of immigrants/asylum-seekers entering Britain averaged 250,000 a year whilst the number of people emigrating from Britain averaged 350,000 a year.

On the other hand, in 2014/2015 whilst official figures recorded the numbers of 'migrant workers' entering Britain from EU countries as 480,000, during that same period the Government issued 1,222,000 National Insurance numbers – to migrant workers. This clearly shows that over 1.2 million EU 'migrant workers' entered Britain in 2014/2015.

The massive increase in the numbers entering Britain are a direct result of the European Union's central policy of free movement of labour and capital – in other words, a free-market philosophy. The free movement of capital has seen the destruction of key industries such as our automotive industry and heavy and light engineering, whilst all our key utilities such as electricity, gas and water are owned privately by foreign companies (not to mention the sell-off of our railways!). Our coal and steel industries have been or are being eliminated – yet Britain is importing – at an enormous cost - both steel and coal, produced elsewhere through subsidies and/or by slave (including child) labour.

The Socialist Labour Party has always argued that Britain's economy will thrive when it leaves the European Union and gets 'back into the world'. EU membership has left us with a trade deficit of between £60 and £100 billion each year, whilst trade with countries outside the EU has led to a trade surplus of between £30 and £50 billion per year.

We should extend our trading arrangements not only with the 53 Commonwealth countries but with the 100 plus other countries outside the European Union while maintaining trade on a fair basis - not a free-market basis - with the 27 countries inside the EU.

In the Referendum campaign we have witnessed the majority of Tory MPs desperate to remain within the European Union monolith, which is incidentally on the brink of settling an iniquitous free trade agreement – TTIP – with the United States. The Referendum campaign has exposed the collaborationist philosophy of the Labour Party with a majority of its Members of Parliament and its Leader shown to be completely out of touch with the problems facing their constituents.

Statements by Jeremy Corbyn (long admired as a Socialist campaigner/politician) that he is now in favour of a 'mixed economy' show an abandonment of principle and a betrayal of those Socialists who gave birth to the Labour Party in 1918. It is beyond dispute that the present day Labour Party and its Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, are pursuing the same collaborationist policies as other social democratic parties in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Greece.

The result of the Referendum and the Socialist Labour Party's campaigning should persuade people to join our party and its fight for a Socialist future, for our children and our grand-children.

Arthur Scargill

Leader, Socialist Labour Party

Click HERE to read West Midlands SLP anti EU essay 'Lexit: Supporting a Socialist Future'

01.04.16 - Vote "NO" to EU says Scargill - The Socialist Case for Leaving the European Union

Socialist Labour Party Leader Arthur Scargill, speaking in South Yorkshire, outlined the case from the left for British withdrawal.

"Britain's membership of the EU had virtually destroyed our major industries - the latest victim being British Steel - while devastating the NHS, starving education and virtually eliminating council housing. The policy and austerity measures of EU directives have destroyed jobs and communities, spreading hardship and poverty ever wider yet the banks received a multi-billion pound bailout. Britain's loss of sovereignty is such that unless we leave the European Union the crisis, both economic and social, will get worse".

Mr Scargill lambasted the free movement of both labour and capital, which have resulted in the destruction of British Industry, zero-hours contracts, unemployment, homelessness and poverty not seen in Britain since the 1930s. He said: "What is needed is a policy in line with the economic principles that prevailed for a short period after 1945: we need import controls and subsidies to stop imports including goods produced in intolerable conditions by slave and child labour".

He continued: "Immigrants, particularly from former British colonies, and asylum-seekers in need of refuge are not the cause of the economic crisis and the massive population increase in Britain. Last year, for example, the number of immigrants and asylum seekers entering Britain was only 250,000 whilst 350,000 British citizens emigrated - in other words a net outflow of 100,000. However in the same year, the free movement of labour - a fundamental principle enshrined in Article 45 of the EU Treaty - resulted in over 550,000 citizens from amongst the 30 countries permitted to do so by the EU enering the UK 'freely'. It is this free movement of labour which has created a crisis both economic and social - and political.

He slammed the Labour Party leadership, both past and present, for its policy of remaining in the EU and working for "improvements". "The current Labour Party leadership's policy is a betrayal of socialist principle and a betrayal of all those in the Labour and Trades Union Movement who campaigned in 1975 for a 'No' vote. I was centrally involved, along with Tony Benn, in that campaign".

"In the forthcoming referendum, the people of Britain are going to have to decide whether we continue to surrender our sovereignty and become part of a United States of Europe - or whether we get out of this European Union hell and get back into the world.

I call upon everyone on 23 June to vote 'NO' and restore Britain to the British people."

The Socialist Labour Party.

To read Sefton SLP 'Vote Leave' flyer click HERE

21.02.16 - EU Referendum.

If Jeremy Corbyn does not campaign for the UK to leave the European Union it will be not only a u-turn but a sell-out of nearly 60 percent of Labour Party members who voted for him as Leader of the Labour Party. In 1975 I campaigned with Tony Benn against the European Common Market. I warned that it would become a United States of Europe controlled by an unelected body of bureaucrats, a warning that has become reality. Corbyn should commit all Labour MPs to vote against the Tories and call on the British People to vote to leave in the referendum on 23 June.

Arthur Scargill

Leader, Socialist Labour Party.

27.11.15 - Socialist Labour Party calls on all Labour MPs: Reject any proposal to bomb Syria!

In 2013, Parliament rejected a proposal to become involved in the armed conflict in the sovereign state of Syria. International law makes clear no country has the right to interfere in another country's internal affairs unless requested to do so by the government of that country. No such request has been made by the Syrian government to the United Kingdom.

Every Labour MP should, as they did in 2013, vote against any proposal to become involved in the armed conflict in Syria. Above all, Labour MPs should vote against Cameron's proposal to become involved in bombing in Syria.

When the Labour Party's membership elected Jeremy Corbyn Leader by 60% in September 2015 it was on the clear understanding that he opposed any UK involvement in the armed conflict in Syria and that Labour wants no part of yet another armed conflict in the Middle East following the bloody disaster in Iraq.

Corbyn's overwhelming election commits every Labour MP to oppose Cameron's proposal to commence bombing campaigns in Syria. There can be no basis for any Labour MP to abstain or seek to have a free vote on this fundamental issue.

The Socialist Labour Party calls on all Labour MPs to support a policy which was endorsed by 60% of Labour's membership as recently as September 2015. Vote No!

Arthur Scargill, Leader. Ken Capstick, Treasurer/Organiser. Kim Bryan, General Secretary.