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Article by Ángel Manuel García Carmona
In June 2016, 52 percent of British citizens considered secession from the European Union (EU) the ideal way forward for the United Kingdom (UK). Of the countries, England and Wales were the most Eurosceptic, while in Northern Ireland and Scotland most wanted to remain. While this split on the issue of Brexit is significant, it does not compare to the resistance of special interests.
The activist media have been ignoring the will of the people by calling for a second referendum. However, there are plenty of valid reasons to leave. The concerns of mass immigration from the Muslim world have been ignored for far too long. As far back as Enoch Powell’s infamous “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968, the media and political class have demonized British nationalists for rejecting demographic displacement.
Another component is that Britons are sick of the interventionism from the central institutions in Brussels that undermine their national sovereignty. Along with protectionist policies, there are centralized financial and budgetary plans in place. There are also the bilateral trade agreements, which are far from a real trade liberalization decree.
So when the people of the UK chose to discontinue their EU membership, it shocked European bureaucrats and globalists world-wide. The current Prime Minister, Theresa May, sadly did not campaign to leave.
More proof of May’s incompetence is her recent “soft Brexit” proposal, despite her party’s commitments to pave the road to independence. That strategy would require Britain to remain tied to European judicial institutions, force it to guarantee freedom of movement, and contribute to the European budget. It also grants access to the customs union and the single market.
Not only has this led to negative reactions of pro-Brexit conservatives like Jacob Rees-Mogg, but Brexit Secretary of State David Davis and Foreign Affairs Minister Boris Johnson both resigned last Monday. If May had considered a mechanism similar to that of Liechtenstein, in the regard that they guarantee the right to secession to the different divisions, it would have been fairer.
Friedrich A. Hayek warned about this very phenomenon in ‘The Road to Serfdom’:
“Wisely used, the federal principle of organisation may indeed prove the best solution of some of the world’s most difficult problems. But its application is a task of extreme difficulty and we are not likely to succeed if in an over-ambitious attempt we strain it beyond its capacity. There will probably exist a strong tendency to make any new international organisation all comprehensive and world-wide; and there will, of course, be an imperative need for some such comprehensive organisation, some new League of Nations. The great danger is that, if in the attempt to rely exclusively on this world organisation it is charged with all the tasks which it seems desirable to place in the hands of an international organisation, they will not in fact be adequately performed.”
Despite the resistance, Great Britain’s desire for political independence is clear. Euroscepticism is on the rise and here to stay. The recently proposed “soft Brexit” is not good enough.