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To be invented, like a lot of the (lack of) UK thinking on the EU. The main left wing objections to the EU are the EU prohibitions on state aids to private companies - as likely to lead to "unfair" competition within the Single Market. Left wingers also criticise the EU's role in facilitating globalisation and not taxing and regulating global corporates enough. (Whether small nation states could, acting individually, do this any more effectively is an interesting question.

Restrictions on state deficits and the tendency to impose pro-cyclical austerity when economic growth (and tax revenues) decline would be another common (Keynesian) criticism, particularly as those restrictions are encoded in Maastricht Treaty. The Eurozone is particularly criticised for its Germanic obsession with balanced budgets and debt repayment - when there are structural imbalances within the Eurozone which are never addressed.

However the UK isn't part of the Eurozone, and Tory UK governments have been to the fore in facilitating globalisation and austerity policies. Inequality is at least as big a problem in the UK as elsewhere, and again, it is an interesting question whether this could be addressed any more effectively with the UK outside the EU.

Corbyn is an internationalist, and so I have always been a bit puzzled at his anti-EU stances over the decades. Whatever the faults of the EU, arguably its worst traits have been driven by the UK. Re-erecting trade barriers, restricting migration, and reducing co-operation between governments seems a strange way of achieving progressive goals.

Contrary to some myths, the EU does not stand in the way of implementing Labour's 2017 election manifesto. There is no reason, for example, why Labour could not re-nationalise UK railways within the EU, afaik.

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