It seems that the neoliberal globalists expressed by a significant portion of the UK business elites inside the country, pulled the strings yesterday provoking a small coup inside the Tories camp, in an attempt to put the first 'landmines' against UK's course towards Brexit. According to BBC:
The government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by 11 Tory MPs. In a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels.
The government had argued this would jeopardise its chances of delivering a smooth departure from the EU. Despite a last-minute attempt to offer concessions to rebels, an amendment to the bill was backed by 309 to 305.
Ministers said the "minor setback" would not prevent the UK leaving the EU in 2019.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders warned about the return of the disastrous NAFTA agreement:
“As we speak, the re-negotiation of NAFTA is being done behind closed doors with 500 corporate lobbyists and executives who are working overtime to protect their interests at the expense of the working people of this country.”
We wrote that, despite the first deeply disappointing signs of Donald Trump by forming a cabinet of plutocrats and former Goldman Sachs jackals, he finally made a positive move through signing for the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
Yet, the corporate lobbyists are seeking for a dynamic comeback. It is expected to put a lot of pressure on Trump administration, in order to bring back on the table such international trade deals. As Trump takes back all pre-election promises at the speed of light, Bernie had to warn him on NAFTA: “For once in your life, keep your promises!”
But beyond this major battle between business interests on both sides of the Atlantic, the Left seems again unprepared to take advantage of the situation. Nationalists, supported by local business interests have their own agenda. Neoliberals, supported by multi-national business interests try to regain ground, as their ideology starts to collapse.
Between, the Left. Just follows the developments without being able to become the new power, separate from the interests of the neoliberal regime. No agenda, no strategy ...