The EU Is About Control, Not Free Trade
On Tuesday, during a somewhat raucous session of the European parliament, Nigel Farage gave his post-Brexit “victory speech.”
Besides his trademark taunting of his pro-EU colleagues, Mr Farage made an important point, suggesting::
This alternative explanation seems to be confirmed by comments made by the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in May, including that “deserters will not be welcomed back with open arms,” and yesterday, by German chancellor Angela Merkel, who said in front of the German Bundestag:
Is leaving the European Union with its plans for ever-greater harmonisation leading to a political, fiscal, and social union really “desertion”? Is the desire to be an independent, sovereign country, yet still participate in free trade with some of the world’s largest economies, cherry-picking? As Murray Rothbard has pointed out, “genuine free trade doesn’t require a treaty”, and if it does not even require a treaty, it is quite clear that it certainly does not require a political union that harmonises away the competition responsible for many of the benefits of free trade.
This, however, seems lost on many politicians and bureaucrats in the EU, as well as many of its intellectual supporters at universities and newspapers across Europe, even when they did make the effort to mention the common market as a major benefit of remaining a member of the union.
A friend noted with regard to these post-Brexit days that “divorce is so emotional”. And indeed, politicians like Mr Juncker and Mrs Merkel speak of the European Union as if it were a marriage or a family, to which one is bound by some transcendental duty. Perhaps it would be better to again return to the notion of federations as voluntary (and reversible) associations between friends, pursuing a (specified) common goal, and not as codependent marriages that get abusive as soon as one party wants to get a divorce.