Fintan O’Toole: Brexiteers are Britain’s biggest Marxists

Tory hardliners are driven by a bizarre and contradictory economic determinism

Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest  outside the Houses of Parliament, in London, England. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest outside the Houses of Parliament, in London, England. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Marxism is alive and well in British politics. The irony, though, is that its strongest influence is not in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party. It is on the Tory right. Perhaps the oddest thing about the Brexit zealots – though there is a great deal of competition for this title – is that they cling to a particularly crude form of Marxist economic determinism.

Their whole project is predicated on the belief that a cabal of capitalist bosses can issue orders that the entire European Union would rush to obey. The all-powerful clique in question is made up of the principal shareholders of Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, Opel, Porsche and Mercedes.

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