Date: June 28th, 2016
Motion: THB that Britain cannot navigate post-Brexit, so it must negotiate
Role: Whip (opp.)
Now that the British are on their way out of the EU, it is good to contemplate what there is at stake at large. Is the British exit credible, feasible, plausible or possible, or is it only after a lengthy detour that they will make their way back into the welcoming lap of Mother Europa? Will Union Jack and Europa kiss each other and make up, as they did in that street-demonstration-level performance of a dedicated Brexit-skeptic couple in the run-up to the referendum?
Economy and Free Trade
The EU has its biggest trump card in its free trade, as our PM sketched out. The EU has managed to pull everyone in on its drive to even out the creases in international trade within its land area. Money flows freely from country to country; the Internet spreads goods and money further and deeper liberally, and there is a wide selection of everything on offer from legal to illegal commodities. It’s here that Britain is the most vulnerable on its own. Here the proverb, ”It’s the Economy, stupid”, is appropriate and apt. If Britain wants to succeed alone, it needs to resort to one of the three C’s that there are: China, the Commonwealth or the City of London. In other words, Britons need to begin trading better, wiser and wider with other trading partners the world over to offset the losses in declining trade with the rest of the EU, which happens to be the area geographically closest to the UK. Alternatively, it may begin taxing its own moneymakers and citizens more.
When it comes to policing its borders with the rest of the world (Arab countries, Africa), the EU is very lax, which was our MP’s message. People may enter the union’s land area quite easily, but there is a process for the newcomers to get a permission to stay or not stay and an eventual deportation, if their presence is not welcome due to links to terrorism, terrorist groups, crime, criminality and antisocial behaviour. The British would benefit from stricter immigration controls on her borders, since the UK is a favoured destination the world over, everywhere, and the situation is unfair from the British layman’s perspective. On the other hand, other countries in the EU ease the pressure on Britain, as providers of social security, welfare and places to live and study for the new ”underclass” exist also elsewhere. It is unclear how well Britain would fare on its own, if other parts of Europe would not act as a buffer against the influx of people intent to seek asylum or a place to emigrate to.
The military and martial is the least credible part of the European Union’s sphere of activities. Nobody really touched on this issue. The Union does not have a functioning army, its measures in a crisis would be inadequate, and it does not demand anything vocally enough, as opposed to the four superpowers that exist. If any nation in Europe wants to guarantee its independence and safety, the best option is to write a letter of application to NATO. The chance of admittance is good. Almost all of Europe is already affiliated under NATO. If the EU was a real muscle-flexing superpower, which is it is demographically and geographically, it would fall somewhere between India and Russia in terms of being a military deterrent. The United States, China and Russia eclipse it in terms of military spending and a scare factor.
Britain has probably ”burned the bridge” to Europe or ”blocked the tunnel” to France, if we allow a bit of allegorical parlance. The opposite side of the ”chasm” is already closer than the bank or position whence Britain set out. It’s up to the British government to steer the ship right so that it can achieve its national volition without hurting its assets and fortune. With the present amount of talent in politics, it’s a tall order though…
Our side has formulated these key areas where Britons must act and shine if and when they want to regain some of their national sovereignty. One might say that ex-PM Thatcher has, with this evidence, won the hearts and minds of average Britons, as they have waved goodbye to Continental Europe along the lines she once laid out.
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