Posts Tagged ‘ UK ’

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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All political careers end in failure of course

June 26, 2016
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"But this is something of a new one on us, a move that is doomed to failure before it even starts. It appears that George Osborne is considering trying to replace Cameron as PM: 'George Osborne's allies are taking soundings this weekend among Tory MPs on whether the chancellor should stand against Boris Johnson to be the new Tory leader.' We're really pretty sure that's not one of those things that is going to work. And rightly so too." (06/26/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/all-political-careers-end-in-failure-of-course  

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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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Swedish AG asks to question Assange at Ecuador’s UK embassy

June 22, 2016
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Wikileaks Firstpost [India]    

"Swedish authorities have written to the Ecuadorean foreign office in UK seeking a meeting with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, as he began his fifth year holed out in the Ecuadoran embassy in London. It could prove to be a major breakthrough in the protracted standoff between the 44-year-old Assange and Sweden, where he is wanted [sic] in relation to a 2010 rape allegation. 'Interviewing Assange inside the embassy has been Ecuador's request for four years. Over 1,400 days we have been asking the Swedes to come and interrogate him in our embassy. So it is welcome there has been change of heart and some sign of political will,' said Ecuador's foreign minister, Dr Guillaume Long." (06/21/16)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/sweden-to-question-julian-assange-in-ecuador-embassy-in-london-2847650.html  

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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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The rise of the populists is bad news for Remain

June 21, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Bill Durodie  

"Right across Europe and beyond -- including in the US with the rise of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders -- mainstream political parties are being challenged by movements described variously as populist or anti-establishment. ... The lazy approach is to sneer at these new populists, and especially their current leaders, with a view to dismissing the entire enterprise. That would be a grave error. As we see now in Italy, these movements are all placed to achieve significant breakthroughs -- if not now, then at some point in the not-too-distant future. So, what does this mean for Britain's Remain campaign? It means that their very aim -- for Britain to remain in the EU as it is -- is erroneous." (06/21/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/populists-are-bad-news-for-remain-eu-referendum-five-star-italy/  

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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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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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Why Brexit is better for Britain

June 20, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit  

"On 23 June 2016, the people of Great Britain will vote whether to stay in the European Union (EU) or leave it. The pro-EU camp argues that leaving the EU will cost Britain dearly in terms of economic prosperity, financial stability, and domestic security. In fact, people are being told that exiting the EU will bring dismal times to Britain. The anti-EU camp argues that leaving the EU will be good, as it gives Britain freedom to determine its own fate: to decide about taxes, fishing, immigration, and other issues which are of the utmost importance for the economic and political well-being of the British people." (06/20/16)

https://mises.org/blog/why-brexit-better-britain  

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UK: Labour MP Jo Cox dies after being shot, stabbed

June 16, 2016
posted by

The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The Labour MP Jo Cox has died after being shot and stabbed multiple times following a constituency meeting. Armed officers responded to the attack near a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday afternoon. A 52-year-old man was arrested in the area, police confirmed. The suspect was named locally as Tommy Mair. Police added that Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, had suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at 1.48pm on Thursday by a doctor with paramedics at the scene. Police also confirmed a man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby suffered slight injuries in the incident. They are also investigating reports that the suspect shouted 'Britain first,' a possible reference to the far-right political party of that name, as he launched the attack." (06/16/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/16/labour-mp-jo-cox-shot-in-west-yorkshire  

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Cameron riles Spanish regime with anti-Brexit rally in disputed Gibraltar

June 16, 2016
posted by

Bloomberg    

"Prime Minister David Cameron managed to upset the Spanish government with his planned trip to Gibraltar before he even left London. Cameron is due to hold a rally on the British territory later on Thursday as part of his campaign to convince voters to back staying in the European Union in next week's referendum. The visit will be the first by a serving British prime minister to the disputed enclave on the southern tip of Spain since 1968, according to the Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper. 'What's clear is that Spain has always thought that Gibraltar is part of our national territory and not part of the U.K., whatever happens in the referendum,' Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in an interview with RNE Radio. The Brexit campaign 'should take place in the U.K. and not in Gibraltar,' he said." (06/16/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-16/cameron-riles-spain-with-anti-brexit-rally-in-disputed-gibraltar  

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The class rift behind the EU debate

June 15, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Neil Davenport  

"This is the conceit of much of the Remain camp: that supporting the EU is a marker for tolerance, open-mindedness, decency and niceness. The divisions over the EU are often posed as a generational war, between cosmopolitan twentysomethings and older white proles, or a cultural war, between fresh-faced hipster creatives and the unattractive plebs. Are you on the side of open-minded 'us' or are you bunking up with backward 'them' -- that has been the conformist cry of leading Remain backers. This is why even left-wingers who instinctively understand that the EU is an elitist, anti-democratic institution don't have the guts to come out for Brexit. Because to do so would mean associating yourself with modern-day untouchables: the riff-raff, the unsophisticated, the possibly racist." (06/14/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-class-rift-behind-the-eu-debate-brexit/  

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Support free movement? Then vote against the EU

June 8, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Ella Whelan  

"The Remain camp often says that a vote for Brexit is a vote in favour of xenophobia. 'This is no longer a referendum about the European Union,' said one pro-EU commentator. 'It's a referendum about your attitude to foreigners.' This is the most disingenuous of all its arguments. If you want to see a prejudiced and illiberal approach to foreigners, look no further than the EU institutions these campaigners are fighting to defend." (06/08/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/support-free-movement-vote-against-the-eu-brexit-referendum/  

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On abortion, we trust women

May 19, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Ann Furedi  

"Until recently, who knew that abortion was still illegal in Britain? It's prohibited by the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, which stipulates that any woman who induces her own miscarriage can be sentenced to life in prison. This applies from the moment a fertilised egg implants in her womb to the moment she gives birth. The 1967 Abortion Act, often described as the law that 'legalised abortion,' did nothing of the sort. Rather, it created exemptions to prosecution -- but only when the procedure was carried out by a doctor (not a nurse or midwife), in a specially licensed clinic or hospital, and then only if two doctors certified that the woman's reasons met certain conditions, and (except in exceptional circumstances) the pregnancy was under 24 weeks gestation. Any abortions that take place without this authorisation are illegal." (05/19/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/on-abortion-we-trust-women/  

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