Kilkis wrote:Admittedly a second order effect but not one I have heard discussed much.
The impact will be fabulously more complex and subtle than anyone can perceive ahead of time. The systems involved are far, far, far, far, FAR, *FAR* more complex than we understand.
Speaking a free marketeer, all of this is insanity. If a man wishes to trade with another man, it's their business. Where they come from and what they trade and at what prices is nothing to do with any State whatsoever, except in self-defence.
I may be wrong, but I think the EU behaves like any another States, controlling trade. However, any single State typically offers freedom to trade within its borders (which is a fairly new thing - a few hundred years ago, each country in Europe was riven with internal barriers to trade - local import duties, regulations, tariffs, etc) and so the EU differs quantititively, by being so large, it offer a large area where trade *is* more like it should be (even while the EU continues to fend off businesses from outside the EU - which, ho ho ho, in the event of Brexit means us
I have the vague impression some of the Brexitiers are taking their line from free market principles. It is a thorny choice. Do you aspire to something which is impossible (the UK certainly isn't going to change it's behviour because it leaves the EU - it will be like any other country, only now just the UK rather than in the "one large country" of the EU) or do you stick with the EU, which like the UK does all sorts of things which are ethically and economically wrong, because it is the least worst deal on the table?