25 | 05 | 2019

In response to Theresa May's resignation announcement today (May 24), General Secretary of the Communist Party Robert Griffiths issued the following statement:

Theresa May's decision to sack herself as Tory leader and write her own redundancy notice as Prime Minister underlines the urgent need for a General Election.

The Tories have never governed in the interests of the working class and peoples of Britain and shown themselves to be incompetent as well as cruel and callous.

The communist parties of Britain (CPB) and Ireland (CPI), recognising the different situations they struggle within and the forces at play during the course the EU elections, have discussed the solidarity that exists between the parties on the question of nature of the European Union and the consequences of continued membership. In particular the CPI sends solidarity to all those in Britain who, over the weekend of 18-19th May and in the run up to election day on 23rd May, are participating in the Boycott campaign.

Britain's Communists have sounded the alarm about the 'rapidly escalating danger of war' in the Middle East and Latin America.

Addressing the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening, Liz Payne said all the signs pointed to a military conflagration provoked by the US regime in alliance with Saudi Arabia, Israel and Britain.

By Tony Conway Convenor of ARAF – the CP anti racist and anti fascist commission

The decision of the British People to leave the EU in 2016 was a shock to the ruling class as represented by big business, the senior civil service, government and banking. The Government of the day had the support of the majority of trade unions, who publicly spoke up for Remain, in spite of the views of many of their members. Since that majority decision, certain sections of the left have set about vilifying those who voted leave. Working class voters have been called racist, stupid or selfish. Others seek to split the population into convenient stereotypes. They have argued the people got it wrong and should be given a chance to change their mind.

"The European elections scheduled for May 23 are illegitimate in Britain", John Foster told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

He insisted that the "people's vote" in the biggest poll in British history in June 2016 was to leave the European Union and that this should be reinforced by a "People's Boycott" of the EU elections if they go ahead.

"Britain should have left the EU and its institutions by now, almost three years after the result - but this been prevented so far by a majority of MPs and the Tory Cabinet who want to keep us tied to EU single market and customs union rules if they can't sabotage Brexit altogether", the CP international secretary said.

Angela Davis, in conversation with Scotland’s own amazing, Jackie Kay, magical poet and daughter of communists, spoke to thousands of students and local citizens in Cambridge on Tuesday. The event was so oversubscribed it was beamed live into university colleges such as Downing, and into the politics and sociology faculties. Angela captivated her young audience when she explained, “terms such as diversity and inclusion, are easily accommodated by capitalist institutions, from prisons to universities, unless they included the radical transformation of those institutions, along with the conditions that caused the problems that led to discrimination and repression.”

European election candidate Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party), has condemned the arrest of Julian Assange this morning in the UK, and called for stronger European protections for whistleblowers. 

Cllr. Ryan said: 

“Assange’s arrest was, according the UK policy, carried out ‘on behalf of the US government,’ and in relation to charges which the US has refused to reveal. This is an astonishing breach of every democratic and legal norm.”

Only a full Brexit will create the conditions for the rapid regeneration and renewal of industry, infrastructure and public services, the Communist Party insisted at the weekend.

Alex Gordon reminded the party's executive committee of Jeremy Corbyn's speech in Coventry in February last year, when the Labour leader had warned that EU treaties and directives would block his party's policies to provide state aid to cutting-edge industry, extend public ownership, outlaw the super-exploitation of imported agency labour, reform public sector procurement rules and put an end to outsourcing and privatisation.

Monday evening's votes in the House of Commons confirm that a substantial number of MPs remain determined to bind Britain as closely as possible to the EU and its rules and institutions if they cannot stop Brexit altogether.

These MPs show utter contempt for the EU referendum result - the biggest democratic vote in our history - and make a mockery of their past pledges to 'honour' the decision made by a clear majority of voters.

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