“It’s pretty clear this will have an effect [on the upcoming vote],” he said, despite that the “attack itself wasn’t motivated by EU referendum.” The murder has promptly shifted the focus of the referendum debate to the question of immigration, he stated, which “is not what the debate is about at all.”
In the view of Dempsey, a Brexit vote “is a democratic question” that separates people across the political spectrum in Britain. On the one hand, he said, there is a pro-EU camp, consisting of the middle class and the largest part of transnational capital, including big banks and the government. On the other, there are leave campaigners that include working class members and the poorest of the labor market.
Dempsey explained that originally the entire British labor movement, “all of the trade unions and all the labor parties but one or two” were in opposition to membership in the European Union. “The principle of sovereign national democracy isn’t really the sole property of the Left.”
This marked the emergence of the right wing of the Labor party, that has “long been struggled in favor of the European Union,” the politician said. However, the left wing, headed by politicians like Jeremy Corbyn who have traditionally been opposed to the EU, remained.
Dempsey, who is left wing, says that the EU concept is “undemocratic,” as it undermines the principles of public ownership of services and industry.
“The EU treaties and legislation specifically takes many industries and many public services out from our ability to take them back into public ownership. It makes socialism illegal.”
Giving an example of EU policies, he said that under the Brussels' plan, UK nationalized railways will be privatized by 2019.
The EU was formed “by a roundtable of European industrialists” as a tool for establishing market based on neoliberal principles across Europe. The bloc is essential to “subvert national democracies, impose austerity everywhere and get access to markets, making sure they [states] have as much public services and industries in private hands.”
“Cooperation in conjunction with the European Commission, which is unelected, by their working groups forming legislation, and that’s been passed down to the European Parliament, which is the only institute European citizens can directly elect people to. Moreover, they cannot propose anything, they can only reject or accept [decisions].”
Citing former British Labour Party politician John Reed, Dempsey said that the EU’s goal is to support free labor coming into the bloc from the countries that join the union, “on a basis of implemented wage discipline. They use free movement of labor to drive workers across the national borders in order to drive wages to be depressed.”
The referendum will take place on Thursday June 23.