Brexit Is a vote to rejoin the rest of the world
A vote to leave the European Union is not about narrow nationalism. It's not about immigration. It's not about Little England. It's a vote to rejoin the rest of the world and leave behind a sclerotic, overweening and long obsolescent political construct. A construct, by the way, whose foundations are crumbling. Those foundations are the dangerous experiment of monetary union loved by none save a few witless corporate accounts departments unable to hedge currency risk, and certainly copied by none. Why would it be? It has hollowed out the economies of Southern Europe to the point where more jobs are created on the King's Road than between Gibraltar - hurrah! - and Athens.
We've heard many arguments about what Brexit would or would not achieve. But there is no argument about whether or not it would achieve its primary objective and that is to restore law-making sovereignty to the elected representatives of the people of this country. Perhaps you think that's an odd thing to want (do you? Do you really though?). Perhaps you think it's something not worth the fuss; you're just so damned post national, baby.
Well, let's ignore the centuries of blood, political evolution and argument which won it for us all and just stick with the indisputable fact that this is how the vast majority of democratic states on earth run their affairs. There is held to be nothing wrong with Japanese lawmakers legislating for Japan, or American lawmakers legislating for the US, and so on down the line.
The only difference we might point out here is that both of those countries export more to the EU than we do, and their share has grown faster than ours these last ten years.
That's despite the supposedly crippling disadvantage of being outside the European Union. Ahem.
As for Norway and Switzerland well, really, so what?
The UK is at current market rates either seven Norways or five Switzerlands. With respect to both, their deals hardly matter. We will get a better one. Maybe not seven times better, but it'll be good enough. More than good enough.
the world is hardly short of other problems without Britain throwing its toys out of the europram. However, this is the time we have
Look, the UK economy is in nominal terms a third bigger than India's, more than twice as big as Russia's and more connected to the global financial and trade system than either. It simply cannot be wished away or ignored by the European Union, even if there are those within inclined to try. Which they won't be. Because they know it can't.
The European Union is being held together with diktat, duck tape and the ever-more shrill-caterwauling of the mistrusted global elite whose creature it really is. Hell, plenty of surveys show that it's relatively popular in Britain compared to the contempt with which it is held in the Netherlands or France.
The timing could be better. We owe too much, we make too little and the world is hardly short of other problems without Britain throwing its toys out of the europram. However, this is the time we have.
Someone has got to save Europe from itself. Why not us? After all, we've got the CV. Brexit.
About the author
Born and raised in Swansea West, one of the safest Labour seats in the country, David is perhaps unsurprisingly a High-Tory, Euroskeptic Royalist Libertarian with an unhealthy adoration for Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. As a result he is seldom pleased by anything that ever happens, and always on the verge of quitting the whole jamboree. A former Special Writer at the Wall Street Journal, he knew the crash was coming when he saw a piece about Louis XVI reproduction furniture "for your Winnebago."
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