Posted by: aboutalbion | April 27, 2016

EU referendum vote (4)

In this post, I want to contrast what I believe to be the core political choice.

I believe that that mainland Europe has a tendency towards absolute governance, in the sense that those with political power can (if necessary) raise taxes without the consent of the citizenry through a Parliament.  And my understanding of the British way (for the last three hundred years or so) is that those with political power can only raise taxes with the consent of the citizenry expressed through a vote in a Parliament – that is, limited governance.

If there is any credibility in this contrast, then it would begin to explain two things.

First, it would begin to explain why there is always likely to be an unbridgeable gap between the two schools of thought about governance.

Second, it would begin to explain the historic basis of British foreign policy (as it has been explained to me) of wishing to prevent our nearest continental neighbours from joining up together in any sort of alliance against us.

So if, and I repeat if, there is a clear consensus case for leaving, I reach the provisional conclusion that it might well not be in the UK’s interest to actually leave until France and Germany separate (on account of the EU not being sustainable).

From that perspective, I can understand that the UK government does not wish to go down in history as the apparent agent which triggered the collapse of the EU.

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