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The chimera of François Asselineau's 'Frexit': a false solution to a real problem



While the British experience of Brexit continues to give rise to many debates and controversies across Europe, François Asselineau , fervent supporter of ' Frexit ', claims to find a miracle solution to poverty in France while remaining well anchored in a capitalist system. As the European elections approach, we find the endless demagoguery around FREXIT. While eloquent voices, such as François Asselineau, advocate an exit from the Union with frenetic conviction, their rhetoric engages in a diatribe against European structures without necessarily holding the panacea for the ills they decry. Certainly, the European Union, born from a mercantilist economic vision, has consolidated fertile ground for capital and, incontestably, served as an amplifier of the power of Western European multinationals. François Asselineau 's criticism is not completely unfounded when he evokes the overwhelming weight of financial interests in European construction, where banks and multinationals seem to reign supreme. However, where François Asselineau 's speech comes up against its own mirage is in the promotion of Frexit as a remedy for these scourges. Let us seek the truth behind the political smokescreens: the reforms which have tightened the belts of workers, undermined social rights and glorified unfailing flexibility, are not pen strokes emanating from Brussels, but the fruit of political will very Parisian. Sarkozy, Hollande, Macron… They all played their cards independently of the parliament or the European commission. The staging of European debates, put on by figures such as Macron on the one hand, and by nationalists like Salvini or Le Pen on the other, is an illusion. Both cut the social fabric in their own way, without affiliation or rejection of the EU determining the blade used. In short, Frexit, as sold by Asselineau, is a simplistic response to a problem intrinsically linked to the anarchy of the capitalist mode of production.

Let's begin our review with a brief historical reminder of the BREXIT experience: Brexit, a term born from the contraction of "British Exit", refers to the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. After an intense referendum campaign, the referendum took place on June 23, 2016 and ended in a victory for "Leave" with 51.9% of the votes. The economic consequences of Brexit were:

• Trade disruption: Brexit has caused disruption to trade between the UK and the EU, including new customs formalities and border controls, causing delays and additional costs for businesses. .

• Fall of the Pound Sterling: Immediately after the referendum, the value of the Pound Sterling fell significantly, which influenced purchasing power and increased inflation.

• The British Office for National Statistics (ONS) clearly indicates growing inflation, precipitated among other things by the fall of the pound sterling following the 2016 referendum. Employment and wages have also shaken to their foundations in the post-war era. -Brexit. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that inflation in the UK has seen notable rises post-Brexit, partly due to the devaluation of the pound sterling and disruption to trade. Indeed, the ONS reported inflation of up to 2.5% in June 2021 (Reference: ONS, "Consumer price inflation, UK: June 2021"). The report "The Impact of Brexit on the Right to Food in the UK" (2020) for example, highlights risks to food security, particularly due to trade disruptions and price rises (Reference: The Food Foundation , “The Impact of Brexit on the Right to Food in the UK”) . Inequality and poverty in the UK have been widely documented. In its "UK Poverty 2020" report, the JRF indicated that more than 14 million people in the UK were living in poverty, including 4 million children and 2 million older people (Reference: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, "UK Poverty 2020"). According to the Social Metrics Commission, an independent commission which has developed a new measure of poverty in the United Kingdom. Their 2020 report reveals that almost 22% of the UK population lived in poverty Their report "Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2021 " covered trends in income and poverty in the UK, highlighting the growing disparities These sources suggest that income and wealth inequality has worsened or at least persisted at high levels since the Brexit referendum in 2016. François Asselineau's 'Frexit' rhetoric, far from being the dream panacea , and in the context of maintaining capitalism could result in an increase in poverty. Just like Brexit before it, 'Frexit' is a phantasmagorical mirage, seductive in its promises, but empty of substance in the face of the pressing challenge of fighting poverty in France and around the world. It is time to expose the deception embodied by Asselineau, who, blinded by electoral fetishization, naively hopes that bourgeois democracy can be the breeding ground for revolutionary change. He refuses to admit that the electoral game is rigged, shaped by capitalist ideological machines, enslaving the people through the illusion of choice. The ballot boxes, under the yoke of this bourgeois dictatorship, only endorse political trajectories which maintain the structures of exploitation and oppression, the very ones which yesterday saw the rise of authoritarian and deadly figures like Hitler, and today promote puppets of capital, like Macron, veiled threats against humanity and world peace. Locked in obtuse reformism, Asselineau and other politicians of his ilk evade the need for popular mobilization, workers' councils, and a takeover of the means of production by workers. They divert the attention of the masses from the real struggle, that for the abolition of private ownership of the means of production and exchange, for the suppression of classes and for the establishment of a socialist society where power emanates not not luring ballot boxes, but the collective will of the working masses.

The platform of the workers' opposition "PLATEFORMEJAUNE" offers an alternative that is not only daring, but essential - the advent of self-managing socialism, a project clearly articulated in its program. Carrier of a revolutionary vision, self-managing socialism aims to put a definitive end to social disparities by establishing an economy centered on the imperatives and vital needs of the population. This restructuring requires informed economic planning and production adjusted to the needs of the population, all of which is orchestrated under the collective control of workers and consumers.

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