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Brexit: Britain's Political Crisis

Opinions were bitterly divided but the U.K. has voted to leave the EU. The debate was long monopolized by right-wing and far-right forces, but the left was also divided.

The contours of British politics have now drastically changed: a split in the leading Conservative Party has resulted in the pro-EU David Cameron promising to step down from office by October, while the Labour right-wing are looking to oust socialist Jeremy Corbyn and take control of the party. A snap general election could be called by the end of year.

teleSUR covers all the key issues: the role of the far-right, the attempt to oust Corbyn, the undemocratic nature of the EU, the exploitation of refugees by the British elite and what a post-EU Britain means for the nation, Europe and the world.

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Britain voted to leave the European Union in the Brexit referendum, with results showing 51.9 percent voted for the exit versus 48.1 percent for the “remain” campaign, or a margin of over 1 million votes. But as the outcome begins to send shockwaves through the U.K. and across the EU and the world, what’s next as Britain gears up for the Brexit? READ MORE

Vision of a Post-EU Britain

 

On the Implications and Consequences of Brexit

The result of the June 23 referendum in the United Kingdom, in which the majority of voters chose to take their country out of the European Union, is a rejection of austerity measures, economic stagnation, and widening social inequalities in British society. READ MORE

Brexit Confirms: The Center Cannot Hold

Britain is in a general state of pandemonium. The U.K. finds itself in the midst of a full-blown constitutional crisis, Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned, and both the country's governing party and the opposition are in the throngs of a fierce internal power struggle. READ MORE

Coup Against Corbyn

 

How The Guardian Undermines Jeremy Corbyn and the Left

teleSUR spoke to David Cromwell and David Edwards, co-editors of Media Lens, about The Guardian and corporate media's bias against Labour party leader Jeremy Cobyn. READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn Stands Defiant amid Labour Leadership Challenges

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn explained that he is “very proud to be carrying on” as the party's leader despite calls from the opposition and within his own party to resign in the wake of the Brexit from the European Union. READ MORE

Petition Backs Corbyn After Attempted Right-Wing 'Brexit' Coup

More than 108,000 people have signed a vote of confidence in Jeremy Corbyn's U.K. Labour Party leadership in response to a motion of no confidence by two members of the Labour Party Friday. READ MORE

 

Racism and Xenophobia


5 Racist Hate Crimes Against UK Minorities Since Brexit

Racism is not new to Britain but there is no denying hate crimes and abuse against minorities surged after almost 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the European Union. READ MORE

57% Spike in Post-Brexit Hate Crimes, UK Report Confirms

Hate incidents rose 57 percent in Britain in the four-day fallout after voters decided to leave the European Union, and public hate crimes against Muslims rose 326 percent in 2015, according to new reports. READ MORE

A View from the Caribbean

Before Britain refused to fund the European Union they refused to fund the British West Indies Federation in the Caribbean. Historically, Britain’s “Remain and Leave” relationship with Europe has forced shifts in Caribbean economic and diplomatic policies. What does a Brexit mean for the Caribbean? READ MORE

Resurgence of the Far Right

 

Spurred on by Britain's shock vote to quit the EU, Hungary's leader Viktor Orban is forging ahead with his own referendum on migration and refugees, in what European diplomats see as a sign of battles to come with anti-Brussels populists across the continent. READ MORE

In France, the far-right National Front party called for a French referendum on European Union membership Friday, cheering the Brexit vote it hopes can boost its eurosceptic agenda at home. READ MORE

And in the United Kingdom, with Brexit results announced, key members of Europe’s far right parties rejoiced, hailing it as a victory for their own anti-migrant stances, with many calling for similar referendums in their respective countries. READ MORE

Brexit: An Act of Democracy?

 

John Pilger: Why the British Said No to Europe

The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. READ MORE

 
  • Latest polls show the "leave" and "remain" sides in a dead heat.

    Latest polls show the "leave" and "remain" sides in a dead heat. | Photo Reuters

  • Brexit refers to a referendum to be held on Thursday, 23 June, to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union.

    Brexit refers to a referendum to be held on Thursday, 23 June, to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. | Photo AFP

  • A British Union flag (L) and a European Union flag hang from a building in central London, Britain.

    A British Union flag (L) and a European Union flag hang from a building in central London, Britain. | Photo Reuters

  • Vote "remain" supporters arrive for an event at Manchester Metropolitan University

    Vote "remain" supporters arrive for an event at Manchester Metropolitan University's student Union in Manchester, England June 16, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • The Palace of Culture and Science is illuminated in Union Jack colours by Warsaw

    The Palace of Culture and Science is illuminated in Union Jack colours by Warsaw's capital authorities in support of Britain staying in the EU, in Warsaw, Poland June 22, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Branded merchandise is seen in the office of pro-Brexit group pressure group "Leave.eu" in London, Britain.

    Branded merchandise is seen in the office of pro-Brexit group pressure group "Leave.eu" in London, Britain. | Photo Reuters

  • Leader of the Labor Party Jeremy Corbyn speaks in favor of the "remain" vote.

    Leader of the Labor Party Jeremy Corbyn speaks in favor of the "remain" vote. | Photo Reuters

  • A branded balloon and mug are seen in the office of pro-Brexit group pressure group "Leave.eu" in London, Britain.

    A branded balloon and mug are seen in the office of pro-Brexit group pressure group "Leave.eu" in London, Britain. | Photo Reuters

  • Two activists with the EU flag and Union Jack painted on their faces kiss each other in front of Brandenburg Gate to protest against Brexit in Berlin.

    Two activists with the EU flag and Union Jack painted on their faces kiss each other in front of Brandenburg Gate to protest against Brexit in Berlin. | Photo Reuters

  • A woman reads a newspaper on the underground in London with a "vote remain" advert for the Brexit referendum.

    A woman reads a newspaper on the underground in London with a "vote remain" advert for the Brexit referendum. | Photo Reuters

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