3 thoughts on “No, free trade does NOT require a ‘level playing field’”

  1. Posted 16/12/2017 at 11:30 | Permalink

    The alignment clause contains a condition:

    “In the absence of agreed solutions, the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the all-island economy and the protection of the 1998 Agreement.”

    For a radical free trader, almost all of the rules of the Internal market will fail this test of supporting the all-island economy. The EU will mostly disagree, so the key question is one of who decides and how is it enforced?

    The question still stands of just why the condition is included in the text. Is it actually there deliberately to provide a platform for free-traders to set aside the whole clause?

    It’s a fudge at the moment, or constructive diplomatic ambiguity.

  2. Posted 26/02/2018 at 17:17 | Permalink

    Such musings are terrible economics. The whole point of international trade is the ability to acquire products from other countries of differing quality at different prices, according to your own preferences

    You’ve bought into the “Machina ex Deus” thing that technology from the Gods is the solution to the Irish border issue I take it too.

    Well then Answer 5 questions.

    1. What technology?

    2. What is it programmed to do?

    3. How will the Sensors work across all the border marine and land?

    4. Where will it go?

    5. How long do you think it will last when it goes there?

    Let’s be clear here … it’s not the UK’s dumb policy to deregulate banks to recession making institutions or dumb policy to deregulate work so there is no more profit motive left … it is quite simply policing a border between two nations.

    Grow up Ryan

  3. Posted 26/02/2018 at 18:05 | Permalink

    Such musings are terrible economics. The whole point of international trade is the ability to acquire products from other countries of differing quality at different prices, according to your own preferences

    You’ve bought into the “Machina ex Deus” thing that technology from the Gods is the solution to the Irish border issue I take it too.

    Well then Answer 5 questions.

    1. What technology?

    2. What is it programmed to do?

    3. How will the Sensors work across all the border marine and land?

    4. Where will it go?

    5. How long do you think it will last when it goes there?

    Could you answer these … because Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand isn’t patrolling the border!

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