British workers have rejected the EU. We must now seize the opportunity to make another Britain and another Europe. We must channel the rejection of the EU into a rejection of austerity and our appalling government and push for our own alternative vision of what we want for our country.
We have given heart to those in other countries who wish to leave – those whose rights were increasingly under attack. The question of what the EU was doing in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and now France was overlooked in the referendum, because it inconveniently exposed the real nature of the EU.
Out of the EU we can get on with rebuilding our manufacturing, nationalising our railways, postal services etc, and reinvesting in the public sector. We can protect our country from TTIP. Over the years the EU became more remote, more centralised, more in the pocket of the banks and corporations, and less democratic. But we have to take control of the leave agenda. This is only the beginning. Putting a vote on a piece of paper is not enough.
We can expect a massive fightback from the forces of capital. Everything will be blamed on those who voted leave. The banks, and the speculators, who are gambling with our money right now, will put up obstacles.
But we have a lot of potential power – we just need to find it again in the unions and our other organisations. We must reject the right wing Leave politicians, who are also anti-workers. We must take advantage of the disarray in the Tory party.
We have a proud history of organisation and fought hard for our rights in times past. We have to rebuild our union movement to do this again. We need to unite, not spend our time in recriminations. The British people are not ignorant racists, who all support Farage and Johnson. We need to harness their anger at what has been done to us over the years. We have given a major signal that neoliberalism can be defeated – now we need to act.