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MIGHT the EU REFERENDUM in the UK PASS?

This Bloomberg op-ed piece shows that there is a glimmer of hope for the UK to leave the EU.

Usually, what happens in these “Europe” referenda, we have the business community (especially the banks), rock stars, community leaders, supermodels probably too, and of course the Tweedledee and Tweedledum political parties all united to support whatever the EU needs to pass.  But in Ireland for example, the first time, the people actually won the referendum.  Of course the EU elites never respect any vote that goes against them.  So they voted again and unfortunately the EU got the vote it wanted.

But here in the UK, admittedly somewhat anecdotal, according to Clive Crook, there seems to be a true constituency for the UK to leave the EU.  (This might be the impetus for Scotland to leave the UK and rejoin its place among the nations of the world, albeit a liberal socialist one)

In an article in the Times last week, Nigel Lawson, a former Tory chancellor of the exchequer (and no knee-jerk Little Englander), said he expected nothing from the renegotiation and would be voting for exit. Several other former ministers have said the same.

Here’s the surprise: These interventions weren’t greeted as reckless or sensational, as they once would have been. Suddenly, exit is on the political agenda. Much of the City has turned Euro-skeptic as a reaction to what many see as a vindictive regulatory assault from Brussels. U.K. businesses used to be strongly pro-EU, but that’s no longer so. What once might have seemed an idle or even absurd threat has become a real possibility.

There will be perhaps (there is time to rally the pro-EU forces) be chinks in the armo(u)r and thus not a united front for the EU.  And the EU’s intentions to form a superempire might not sit well for Britons.  And if the fears of no more free trade can be disproven, than there is not much to say for Britain joining the illegitimate EU super state.

As free trade becomes the global norm, the benefits of open access to Europe’s markets are less and less confined to EU members. Cameron, visiting President Barack Obama in Washington this week, discussed the proposed U.S.-EU trade pact, among other things. The U.S. has signed free-trade agreements that span the globe. The U.K. could do the same.

And I would add, even though I hate it, is that the WTO can prevent punitive tariffs put forth by the EU in retaliation for a British exit.  So there’s no reason for the UK to be once again a sovereign nation.  Again, we need a slick and happy ad campaign to show people what life will be like when Britain controls its own destiny.

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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