From the Comments: Pushback in favor of Brexit

Dr Stocker‘s recent post arguing against Brexit elicited the following response from Chhay Lin in the ‘comments’ threads, and I think it’s worth highlighting in a post of its own:

Very well explained, Barry Stocker. Although it can be good for Britain to leave the EU, it entirely depends on how they go on from there. I am worried that Britain will move unto the path of less free trade which would be an erosion of the 4 freedoms – free movement of goods, capital, services, and people. On the other hand, it seems to me that the EU was steadily moving toward greater centralization and harmonization of regulations that would decrease the competition between its member states and thereby becoming quite harmful. I think that the EU should have never had greater ambitions than the 4 freedoms with a European Court of Justice that would protect these freedoms. Now they can impose EU-wide tariffs and quotas against products from countries outside of the EU or they can impose EU-wide sanctions. Some harmful examples of the EU: the quotas on cheap Chinese solar panels and EU-wide sanctions against Russia. A wise independent Britain would have free trade agreements with countries within and outside the EU, but I’m afraid that too large a portion of the Leave supporters are hostile to immigration and open markets.

Chhay Lin has written more about Brexit, in Dutch, on his homepage and I do recommend you check it out.

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3 thoughts on “From the Comments: Pushback in favor of Brexit

  1. The EU, like all socioeconomic and political projects, is not perfect; it needs reviewing regularly and timely reforms in response to the changing needs of the population. Yes, there seems to widening gap between the needs of the general public and those running the EU; what we are witnessing right now are the results EU leadership’s complacency. However, I do not believe UK walking away is the best way of dealing with the challenges; there are no guarantees that any deal negotiated would be better than the current position. What is certain though, is that the uncertainty would hurt both the UK and the EU in the immediate and medium term.

    It is sad too that as a direct response to the inflammatory anti-immigration language during the campaign some thugs have sort to use the referendum result for their unsavoury acts; we are witnessing an increase in overt racism in some communities.

  2. I think that any cost-benefit analysis at the moment would be a huge guess. Although there are no guarantees that any deal negotiated would be better than the current position, there is also no guarantee that staying within the EU would be beneficial for Britain in the short and intermediate run. What if the EU have to deal with a sovereign debt crisis again within the following year? A chance that is quite likely. It seems to me that the EU is a sinking ship and that it is best to leave now, provided that the leaving country will not pursue isolationist policies.

Please keep it civil (unless it relates to Jacques)

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