Beyond Brexit

From Planet 236

by Huw Williams

Huw Williams argues that whether or not we leave the EU, many of the underlying dilemmas for Wales are the same. He offers concrete proposals for how to strengthen a weak public sphere, bring reconciliation to a fractured nation, push for greater autonomy and contribute to the global struggle for an alternative to neoliberal politics.

‘Should I stay or should I go now? If I stay it will be trouble, if I go it will be double’.1

If you share my occasional habit of responding to events through calling familiar song lyrics to mind, The Clash’s classic line must have, at some point, popped into your head in weighing up the Brexit predicament. Just as relevant to current political mood, of course, is the underlying thrum of anarchy and danger that simmers in their music. By the time this article is published, a decision will have been taken one way or another, and you will be reading this with a better sense (presumably) of whether we have assumed Complete Control2 or if we still in our Safe European Home,3 as the band had it.

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