Posts Tagged ‘ EU ’

A cry of rage and pain

July 6, 2016
posted by

Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock  

"Now some of the dust has settled after the Brexit vote, I thought it might be useful to take a look at who voted which way, and why what happened might have happened. ... [O]n the Remain side, the picture looks quite simple. The city slickers and big businessmen that benefit financially from the current set-up, and the supporters of big government and the green agenda, also support the EU. The latte-sipping, Grauniad-reading, political-correctness-loving, humanity-hating classes that think they're the only people educated enough to be allowed to have opinions on anything, are Remainers to the core. On the other side, it's much more complicated. The areas with the strongest Leave votes were mostly in a few parts of the country -- Essex, Lincolnshire and the industrial Midlands and North. But the reasons for that support seem to vary from place to place." (07/06/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/06/a-cry-of-rage-and-pain/  

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After the referendum: Sorting through the rubble

July 4, 2016
posted by

Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"What more to say about the past eight days? They began with a referendum vote that sent a shock across the world. They have now settled into something like business as usual. The shape of the British Constitution will be determined by the internal politics of the Conservative Party. Here, then, are some thoughts on how things might proceed between now and Christmas." (07/02/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/02/after-the-referendum-sorting-through-the-rubble/  

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Tusk: EU 27 agree “no single market a la carte” for UK

June 29, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"EU leaders agreed Wednesday that Britain cannot have access to the single market after leaving the union without accepting the bloc's rules on free movement, president Donald Tusk said. 'There will be no single market a la carte,' Tusk told a news conference in Brussels after the 27 leaders met without British Prime Minister David Cameron. 'Leaders made it crystal clear today that access to the single market requires acceptance of all four freedoms including freedom of movement,' Tusk added. The 27 EU leaders will also hold a summit -- without Britain -- in Bratislava on September 16 to discuss further the fallout from Britain's decision to leave the bloc, Tusk said." (06/29/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Jun-29/359663-eu-27-agree-no-single-market-a-la-carte-for-uk-tusk.ashx  

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Nevermind the Brexit, UK will emerge with a good trade deal

June 29, 2016
posted by

CNBC
by Dr. Michael Ivanovitch  

"The British never wanted to be part of a German-dominated European federal super state. The exit from the EU will allow the U.K. to reclaim parts of national authority that its political elites ceded to unelected Brussels officials free of any meaningful democratic oversight. The scare-mongering about the end of the U.K. and the unraveling EU is meaningless. My guess is that the U.K. will do better that the unwieldy 'union' of 27 countries whose leaders have yet to figure out where they are going." (06/27/16)

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/27/nevermind-the-brexit-uk-will-emerge-with-a-good-trade-deal.html  

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The Libertarian Angle, 06/28/16

June 28, 2016
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling talk about Britain's vote to exit from the European Union." [Flash video] (06/28/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-brexit-vote/  

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“Brexit” and elite failure

June 27, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"One of the odder responses to the Leave win is to cite it as proof that no one should ever hold a referendum on an important question. Trying to run a government by referendum would indeed be impractical and unwise, but to give the electorate one opportunity to have its say on a significant issue on which the majority's views are not represented by any major party seems like the most grudging concession to the people. ... One of the reasons why so many Labour voters backed Leave was that their party leaders long ago ignored their views and concerns, especially on immigration, and voting Leave gave them a way to voice those concerns so that they might finally be heard and taken seriously. It is utterly predictable that their support for Leave should now be cited as another reason to ignore and dismiss them." (06/27/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/brexit-and-elite-failure/  

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After “Brexit,” can we exit a few things too?

June 27, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Last week's UK vote to leave the EU may have come as a shock to many, but the sentiment that led British voters to reject rule from Brussels is nothing unique. In fact it is growing sentiment worldwide. Frustration with politics as usual, with political parties that really do not differ in philosophy, with an economy that serves the one percent at the expense of the rest of society is a growing phenomenon throughout Europe and in the United States as well. The Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump phenomena are but one example of a frustrated public sensing something is very wrong with society and looking for a way out. What is happening in the UK, in Europe, and in the US, is nothing less than a breakdown of the entire system." (06/27/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/brexit-can-exit-things  

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After the vote, the implosion of the political class

June 27, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"Until the EU referendum, the estrangement of Britain's political class from vast swathes of the public had, for politicians and pundits alike, been the source of little more than low-level anxiety. Yes, that something is wrong had often been acknowledged. But no sooner had that acknowledgement taken place than the problem had been neatly packaged up as something it's not, be it voter apathy or public disengagement or some other piece of policymaking jargonese. But the referendum result has shattered the political class's coping mechanisms. It can no longer pretend that voters aren't sufficiently interested in politics, that, at some level, it's our fault. Too many people turned out to vote for that to wash. No, the political class is now finally having to face up to its own reality as a ruling clique, infused with a paternalistic disdain for those it can no longer claim it represents." (06/27/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/after-the-vote-the-implosion-of-the-political-class-eu-referendum-brexit/18495  

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Brexit: A glorious victory

June 27, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The European Union is a political construct meant to complement the NATO military alliance: as an institution it was created and continues to function for the sole purpose of keeping Russia out of the European continent. And now that it has been repudiated in Britain, the globalists of the West are nervous that NATO itself may be coming apart -- as indeed it is. With the Republicans' presumptive presidential nominee calling it 'obsolete,' and its mounting costs -- borne, of course, by the US -- a drain on an increasingly squeezed economy, this pillar of US hegemony is cracking at its very foundations. And that has the War Party scared." (06/27/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/06/26/brexit-glorious-victory/  

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This way to the egress

June 27, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"When I was a kid in the late 1950s, European governments, suffering from the usual stultifying effects of fat-cat socialist taxation and regulation, were already doing their best to congeal. An early forerunner to the European Union was the European Common Market. When I first heard of it, I said, 'Oh, the people of Europe are pooling their incompetence.' I have often said 'There's never any good political news.' Once in a great while, it's pleasant to be wrong. If you believe in such things, there are a lot of souls at rest in Britain tonight, Unless you've been living under your own doormat, you know that our English cousins have voted to pull the ripcord on that vile, collectivist snakepit called the European Union." (06/26/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle878-20160626-02.html  

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Free world

June 27, 2016
posted by

J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman  

"I'm a libertarian. I'm entirely for doing away with national borders that restrict the free movement of people and trade goods. But I understand entirely why the British people thought the European Union tyrannical. My own country came to that same conclusion in 1776 regarding a British monarch and parliament. Today when governments make trade agreements it's called 'free trade.' It isn't free trade. It's an expansion of mercantilism, by which one national power historically used troops and warships to install economic monopolies on other nations. The European Union is a trade cartel and an aggressive multinational bureaucracy with a fiat currency not backed by any real commodity." (06/25/16)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2016/06/free-world/  

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Europe: The age of globalism, 1989-2016 (?)

June 27, 2016
posted by

Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"I spoke earlier with a friend who lives in Bath. He told me how, in 1989, he sat on the Berlin Wall as it was being torn down, and how, last Thursday, he went and voted to leave the European Union. Writing history before it has happened is particularly unwise. We have not left the European Union. We have not even notified our intention to leave, and no one knows what settlement will eventually be reached, or if other member states will decide to leave as well. This being said, it may be that future historians will regard the time bounded by these two events as forming a distinct epoch, different in its tone and assumptions from what went before and what came after." (06/26/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/06/26/europe-the-age-of-globalism-1989-2016/  

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Brexit is part of Internet Reformation building around the world

June 26, 2016
posted by

Anthony Wile The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile  

"After years of struggle against the EU, which we documented at The Daily Bell, anti-EU forces have finally removed Britain from the European Union. The tribes of Britain were the first to make the jump back into fuller nationhood. But there will be other countries trying as well. It's a great day for Britain and a good day for The Daily Bell that has had as one of its main missions analysis of the 'Internet Reformation' and the freedom building because of it." [editor's note: Odd -- I had always assumed Wile was a libertarian, not a nationalist; this seems to indicate he's the latter - TLK] (06/25/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/anthony-wile-brexit-is-part-of-internet-reformation-building-around-the-world/  

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A blow for peace and democracy: Why the British said no to Europe

June 26, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Pilger  

"The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the 'Remain' campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain." (06/24/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/24/a-blow-for-peace-and-democracy-why-the-british-said-no-to-europe/  

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First the UK, then Scotland … then Texas?

June 26, 2016
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"That didn't take long. Only hours after the final results came in for a British exit from the EU, political leaders in Scotland are talking about renewing their drive to secede from the United Kingdom. Pointing to the fact that a large majority of Scots voted to remain in the EU, Scottish advocates for independence are now claiming (convincingly) that Scotland is leaving the EU against its will. ... When Americans indulge in thought experiments about the possible secession of American states, it is often assumed that most US states are too small 'to go it alone.' Indeed, most Americans greatly underestimate the size of many American states in relation to numerous independent and prosperous existing nation-states." (06/24/16)

https://mises.org/blog/first-uk-then-scotland-then-texas  

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Brexit: Individualism > Nationalism > Globalism

June 23, 2016
posted by

Jeff Deist Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist  

"Globalism, championed almost exclusively by political and economic elites, has been the dominant force in the West for a hundred years. World War I and the League of Nations established the framework for multinational military excursions, while the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank set the stage for the eventual emergence of the US dollar as a worldwide reserve currency. Progressive government programs in Western countries promised a new model for universalism and peace in the aftermath of the destruction of Europe. Human rights, democracy, and enlightened social views were now to serve as hallmarks of a post-monarchical Europe and rising US. But globalism was never liberalism, nor was it intended to be by its architects." (06/23/16)

https://mises.org/blog/brexit-individualism-nationalism-globalism-0  

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How fear won in Britain

June 23, 2016
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Freddy Gray  

"It now looks as if the killing of Jo Cox has tipped wavering voters decisively toward the Remain campaign. The pro-EU side looks all but certain to win tomorrow. Perhaps that is wrong. Perhaps Leave will surprise the pundits and pollsters by pulling off a shock victory. Or perhaps single events, however disturbing, do not really swing elections, and Remain was always bound to win. They have maintained a consistent overall advantage in the polls all year, after all. Within hours of Jo Cox being killed ... Leave was tarred as hate-peddling and racist, and the Remainians were energized. They were the forces of tolerance and progress. The speed and cynicism with which Remain has taken advantage has been breathtaking." (06/23/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-fear-won-in-britain/  

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Why today is a great day for democracy

June 23, 2016
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Today is a really good day for democracy. For British voters have been entrusted to make a real decision. A decision that could have a massive impact on both British politics and the global order. Where in recent years voting in General Elections has come to feel routine, and possibly even a little pointless, given you couldn't squeeze so much as a beermat between the policy programmes of the main parties, today's vote feels heavy, solid, like we've been given real democratic responsibility." (06/23/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-today-is-a-great-day-for-democracy/  

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UK: Voters head to polls for Brexit referendum

June 23, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Voters headed to the polls Thursday in a historic referendum on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union. ... A record number of people -- almost 46.5 million -- are registered to take part in the once-in-a generation vote. The registered voters include Britons from England, Wales, Scotland, [six occupied counties of] Ireland and Gibraltar -- a British territory off the southern coast of Spain." (06/23/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/23/europe/uk-eu-referendum/  

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“Brexit” could push Europe deeper into scapegoating and xenophobia

June 23, 2016
posted by

Murtaza Hussain The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain  

"On Thursday, millions of Britons will go to the polls to vote in a referendum that could see Britain exit the EU, or 'Brexit.' Not only would such a move deal a serious economic blow to the European Union, depriving it of its second largest economy and likely triggering an immediate recession, it could also set a dangerously compelling example for other anti-EU political parties on the continent, most of which are associated with the political far-right." (06/22/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/22/brexit-could-push-europe-deeper-into-scapegoating-and-xenophobia/  

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Remain: The left has lined up with the establishment

June 23, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"'Brexit is a fake revolt,' writes Paul Mason in the Guardian this week: ‘Working-class culture is being hijacked to help the elite.’ A withering article in Vice agrees. 'Brexit is the upper classes in revolt,' writes Sam Kriss. 'They see an undemocratic and unaccountable EU elite ruling by diktat and an unfounded sense of their own superiority, and they think: hey, that's our job.' Among nominally metropolitan, nominally left-wing Remainers -- or, in Mason's case, Abstainers -- this has become the overriding narrative: that Brexit is the establishment. It's also utter balls." (06/22/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/remain-the-left-has-lined-up-with-the-establishment-eu-brexit/  

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Britain doesn’t need the EU to thrive

June 22, 2016
posted by

Frank Hollenbeck Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Hollenbeck  

"A recent poll showed that if the UK could keep free trade with EU nations, the British people would vote overwhelmingly to leave the EU. To drum up support for staying in the EU, the UK government and quasi-government agencies, like the IMF and OECD, have issued continuous warnings about the costs of such a divorce. The IMF recently reiterated its forecasts that Brexit would have a significant negative effect on the UK economy with a drop in GDP anywhere between 1% and 9% over the long term. The reality is that Brexit would probably only have a minor initial impact on trade or GDP and, on the contrary, would open up vast possibilities for the UK to exploit trade relations with other faster growing regions of the world without having to reach complex trade agreements that satisfy the vested interests of the other 28 members of the EU." (06/21/16)

https://mises.org/blog/britain-doesn%E2%80%99t-need-eu-thrive  

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Hysteria, assassination, and big government

June 21, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"The biggest political story of the month? Brexit. The people of Great Britain will vote, this week, whether to remain in, or exit, the European Union. (Britain+exit='Brexit,' you see.) Establishment forces in Britain have engaged in hysterical, hyperbolic overkill, warning of grave disaster were Britain to leave the union. America's President Barack Obama contributed to this, recently, when he warned that an independent Britain might find itself placed 'at the back of the queue' in trade talks. Tragically, things got more troubling last week when anti-Brexit, pro-union campaigner Jo Cox, a Member of Parliament and prominent Labour Party activist, was brutally slain last week in front of her local library." (06/21/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/21/hysteria-assassination-and-big-government/  

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The European dead end

June 21, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jean Bricmont  

"European construction began as the dream of European elites and has become the nightmare of European peoples. For a number of European intellectuals and politicians, the dream was to transform Europe into a sort of Superstate, capable of rivaling the United States. For others, the idea was to get rid of the Nation-State once and for all, since it was considered chiefly to blame for the woes of the 20th century. However, aside from the fact that this dream always enjoyed strong United States support, which casts doubts on its claim to constitute an alternative to American domination, it suffers from a fatal flaw: the nonexistence of a European people. That is, an overwhelming majority of European citizens feel part of their respective Nation-States, or of even smaller entities (Scotland, Catalonia, Flanders, etc.), much more than they feel 'European.'" (06/21/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/21/the-european-dead-end/  

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Forget the EU — the world is waiting

June 21, 2016
posted by

Ella Whelan spiked
by Ella Whelan  

"A vote for a Brexit would spell the end of global relations for the UK, we are told. Apparently, being a member of the EU ensures Britain doesn't become a nationalist, isolated island. But a closer look at the EU's relationship with countries outside of its borders tells a very different story. The EU has an ongoing policy of guarding itself against foreign peoples." (06/20/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/forget-the-eu-the-world-is-waiting-referendum-brexit/  

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