Left in the U.K. is divided on EU membership

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Britain’s Left and trade union movement are deeply divided on the question of the country’s membership of the European Union (EU). A measure of this dissonance was in evidence on Saturday as speakers took to the stage to argue their case in separate meetings in London. The two sides appeared as politically distant from each other in the referendum debate as they are with the positions of the official ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ campaigns. Addressing a packed auditorium in central London, in a function organised by the pro-‘Remain’ platform ‘A Better Europe is Possible’, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis; Green Party Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas; Labour MP Clive Lewis; author and journalist Owen Jones and others spoke about the “radical internationalist case for Remain”. “Unlike the two official ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ campaigns, we are not interested in polarising voters,” Varoufakis said. “We stand united in our conviction that it is impossible for Britain to have a successful democracy outside the realm of a democratised European Union. However, it is impossible for the European Union to become democratised without a democratic Britain participating in the process,” he added.

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