I am grateful to Will Podmore (M Star March 12) but I think he needs to take greater care in both his reading and his writing.
I did not "end up virtually repeating (Howitt's) false accusation." I took care to distinguish socialists and democrats from those who do merit the terms "racist" and "xenophobe."
It is perfectly possible to be anti-EU and to advocate an independent future for Britain without being racist or xenophobic.
But I happen to hold a different view that an independent future for Britain separate and apart from Europe is neither desirable or feasible, either under capitalism or socialism.
Where does it stop? Scotland and Wales breaking away from England? The northern English counties breaking away from the Midlands and south-east?
I think our progressiveness and internationalism can be expressed by being in favour of a democratic unity of nations and peoples, in place of the pro-monopoly institutions of the EU.
Finally, the argument that "national differences and antagonisms are daily vanishing under the rule of the bourgeoisie and the development of the world market" is of course described in the Communist Manifesto.