So, we have Brexit, but where to next for the UK?
Assuming that this all goes through, and the UK really does exit the European Union, something I will truly believe only once Article 50 is invoked, what are the options?
Remain on the periphery of the EU?
Establish a North Sea Union?
Well, I don’t know what all the options are, and I am not going to go through a list however small, but there is one option I am absolutely in favour of.
I have never been against a European Union per se, just this particular model. In my younger days, not only was I in favour of the UK being in the EEC and then the EC, but I was in favour of Australia also joining… However, as I observed its operations I went from disturbed, through concerned and deeply troubled, and ended up militantly anti. However, I continue to have no objection to a union in principle, it just has to be structured a bit better.
Where am I going with this? I have just finished reading a new paper by James C. Bennett, of Anglosphere (1)(2) fame, and I am convinced by his arguments. Although, I was disposed to accept what he was putting forward long before I read the document.
When the UK joined the EU it was a kick in the teeth to their brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and sundry other friends and relatives scattered all around the globe in many different countries and territories. For some places, New Zealand as an example, the loss of UK markets caused real hardship.
But that was then, this is now.