"People who are liberals look upon the principles of Marxism as abstract dogma.
They approve of Marxism, but are not prepared to practice it or to practice it in full; they are not prepared to replace their liberalism by Marxism.
These people have their Marxism, but they have their liberalism as well--they talk Marxism but practice liberalism "
Mao Zedong - Combat Liberalism
The debate In UK over the European Union and Brexit reveals a profound gulf between Liberal Social Democrats and Revolutionary Marxists over both the class and national questions that arise over the question of UK Brexit.
The entire European Union Project from its inception was based upon a commitment to free market liberalism and of late neo liberalism.
The EU had a slight detour a few decades ago when Jacques Delors talked of a Social Europe but that has ended as quickly as it started with Delors being responsible for introducing neo liberal privatisation into French political life.
Socialism as an idea is inimical to the common market and market ideology which is central to the European Project whether the ideology is expressed in the European Commission, The European Court of Justice or the European Central Bank.
International Labour rights were established by working class militant struggle and codified by the United Nations International Labour Organisation.
The European Union has found its recent anti working class labour rights judgements pronounced in the European Court of Justice in conflict with the United Nations International Labour Organisation
The European Court of Human Rights which is not an EU organisation but organised by the Council of Europe is also in conflict with the neo liberal EU European Court of Court of Justice on human rights
It is clear even to the blind which class the EU institutions represent after years of liberal and neo liberal practice.
So why does the erratic Marxist ? ( Liberal Social Democrat) Yanis Varoufakis who says in his interview with Owen Jones he likes Marx's liberalism ! and not his science go along with Paul Mason and of course the new flip flopper Jeremy Corbyn to announce a desire for aReformed European Union.
It is not a reformable institution and only liberals would spread that big reformist lie about the European Union.
It is a highly structured bureaucracy where the European Commission decides what is legislated not the European Parliament It is a bureaucracy not a democracy.
It cannot be reasoned away the Varoufakis way.
From a class point of view we need to smash the neo liberal European Union and the class it represents in