“Repealing the 1972 Act will make the United Kingdom fully sovereign —
in a way that Japan or Switzerland or New Zealand take as read.” –
Japan and New Zealand are geographically and democratically isolated – one a bunch of islands off the Eastern Coast of Asia, with only a country like South Korea in its proximity coming close to sharing its democratical values, the other lying in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles away from any country they might consider joining into an economical/ political association.
Switzerland is in the EEA – adopting EU legislation (read “being dictated to”), without having a say in how these laws are drafted and adopted. Swiss access to the EU market comes at the cost of allowing freedom of movement of people, as a member of the no borders Schengen agreement. In contrast, even as a member of the EU, Britain has never been a no borders Schengen agreement member.
Britain is the total opposite – a stone’s throw from mainland Europe, in the proximity of a large number of democratic, developed countries it is naturally and inseparably linked to by history, common political and democratic values and economics.
This forced parallel between a chimerical Britain of the future and the above mentioned countries reflects Mr Hannan’s wishful thinking rather than reality.
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