3 thoughts on “An unenthusiastic case for Brexit”

  1. Posted 12/05/2016 at 16:57 | Permalink

    Kris – Even keeping solely to the economic/trade arguments, as you have, one argument on the Brexit side that you haven’t mentioned is the net cost to the UK (i.e. budget contributions minus what we get back). There is no absolute agreement on how to work this out accurately, but a figure of £6-10bn per annum is generally reckon to be the case, i.e. somewhere around £100-£150 per person. This would have to be balanced against some direct costs from leaving, of course, but arguably these would only be one-offs..

  2. Posted 12/05/2016 at 21:22 | Permalink

    “The common theme here is that while Brexit would create scope for sensible reforms, these reforms would be unlikely to happen in the current, anti-capitalist climate of opinion. There is zero political appetite for market-oriented reforms.”

    For sure, but at least there would then be some point in engaging in the debate with the people who have to live with or without these reforms.

    When confronted with the mistakes of others, a liberal is someone who can still celebrate at least their freedom to make their choices and so to live as moral adults.

    And of course they may yet be right, in the ways most important to them.

  3. Posted 16/05/2016 at 14:18 | Permalink

    HJ, yes, true, but then, that contribution would not be zero post-Brexit either. Switzerland and Norway also make some contribution.

    Christian, yes, that’s the democracy argument, and it’s fair enough, but I have to say, I care much more about freedom than democracy. If I was convinced that the EU will limit the power of government against a statist electorate, I would be an Inner.

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