No to EU – Yes to Democracy
|Parts of this article (those related to continued existence, participation in 2014 European Parliament elections, and established name No2EU) are outdated. (November 2013)|
|No2EU – Yes to Democracy|
|Politics of the United Kingdom
No2EU – Yes to Democracy was a left-wing electoral alliance initiated by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) to contest the June 2009 European elections in the United Kingdom. The party fielded candidates only in Great Britain.[dead link] In addition to the RMT, the coalition included:
- Socialist Party
- Communist Party of Britain
- Alliance for Green Socialism
- Liberal Party
- Socialist Resistance
- Indian Workers' Association
The No2EU - Yes to Democracy coalition is significant in that it is the first instance in recent history of a national trade union officially putting its support behind an electoral presence other than the Labour Party.
According to its press statements it stood in opposition to the perceived xenophobic, nationalist and pro-business policies of existing euro-critical parties and the pro-EU mainstream parties. Bob Crow, the party's lead candidate in London stated that he is "not against workers coming into the country", unlike other Eurosceptic groupings, but he is against "two workers from different countries competing against each other on different rates of pay" and added that "Our main role will be out there among working people, giving them our support and helping to save their industries from privatisation".
No2EU's declared position was for a Europe of "independent, democratic states that value its public services and does not offer them to profiteers; a Europe that guarantees the rights of workers and does not put the interests of big business above that of ordinary people". This, it contested, is impossible under the current EU structure.
The main policies were:
- Reject the Lisbon Treaty
- No to EU directives that privatise our public services
- Defend and develop manufacturing, agriculture and fishing industries in the United Kingdom
- Repeal anti-trade union ECJ rulings and EU rules promoting social dumping
- No to racism and fascism, Yes to international solidarity of working people
- No to EU militarisation
- Repatriate democratic powers to EU member states
- Replace unequal EU trade deals with fair trade that benefits developing nations
- Scrap EU rules designed to stop member states from implementing independent economic policies
- Keep the United Kingdom out of the eurozone, as they perceive it to have an agenda of protecting and maintaining capitalism and the capitalist agenda.
2009 European Parliament election results
No2EU received 153,236 votes or 1% of the national vote failing to win a seat at the European parliament and finishing in 11th place, behind Arthur Scargill's Socialist Labour Party. The regional breakdown of the vote was as follows.
|East Midlands||John McEwan, Avtar Sadiq, Jean Thorpe, Shangara Singh Gahonia, Laurence Platt||11,375||0.9|
|East of England||Brian Denny, Frank Jepson, Steve Glennon, Phil Katz, Eleanor Donne, Pete Relph, Ron Rodwell||13,939||0.9|
|London||Bob Crow, John Hendy, Mary Davis, Kevin Nolan, Syed Islam, Onay Kasab, John Rowe, Nick Wrack||17,758||1.0|
|North East England||Martin Levy, Hannah Walter, Peter Pinkney||8,066||1.4|
|North West England||Roger Bannister, Les Skarrot, Craig Johnston, Alec McFadden, Steve Radford, Lynn Worthington, John Metcalfe, Harry Smith||23,580||1.4|
|South East England||Dave Hill, Garry Hassell, Kevin Hayes, Owen Morris, Gawain Little, Robert Wilkinson, Jacqui Berry, Nick Wright, Nick Chaffey, Sarah Wrack||21,455||0.9|
|South West England||Alex Gordon, Roger Davey, Rachel Lynch, Nick Quirk, John Chambers, Paul Dyer||9,741||0.6|
|West Midlands||David Nellist, Dyal Singh Bagri, Malcolm Gribbin, Jo Stevenson, Peter MacLaren, Andy Chaffer||13,415||1.0|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||Keith Gibson, Celia Foote, Jackie Grunsell, Peter Marsh, Mike Davies, Juliet Marie Boddington||15,614||1.3|
|Scotland||John Foster, Tommy Sheridan, Leah Ganley, Stuart Hyslop, Ajit Singh Uppal, Tom Morrison||9,693||0.9|
|Wales||Robert Griffiths, Rob Williams, Laura Picand, Trevor Jones||8,600||1.3|