America would never join anything like the EU. Yet our government urges them to stay
February 21, 2016 5 Comments
Like John Kerry below, I think the US has a profound interest, in a very strong UK, but I think the only way for the UK to remain very strong is to leave the EU. That is mostly because I have come to believe that Europe, at least as we have known it, is mortally ill, and very unlikely to survive. We can, and have, talked about the reasons, but in some ways, they simply no longer matter. The UK has the same disease, postmodernism, but a milder case, less advanced, perhaps because of the strong ties between our countries. We have it too, of course, but there are signs we are recovering.
In any case, I am likely to say what I think, but the UK is a sovereign country, and it’s up to its people, and yes, I mean it’s people, not its government hiding in Westminster, from the people. Why the Brits haven’t shown up yet on the streets with tar and pitchforks, I can’t imagine, it’s probably un-PC and, therefore, a hate crime or some such tosh.
In any case, I do agree with Matt Ridley, in The Spectator, I think the AU is a terrrible, horrible doubleplusungood idea. And I hope the Brits feel the same about its sister, the EU.
So the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, thinks his country has a ‘profound interest… in a very strong United Kingdom staying in a strong EU’, and President Obama is planning to join in campaigning for the Remainders too. They say this not because they think it is good for us, but because it is in their interests that we influence Europe in a free-trading, Atlanticist direction.
Well, two can play at that game. How would Americans like it if we argued that it is in our interests that the United States should forthwith be united with all the countries in their continent north of the Panama Canal — Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama — into a vast customs union governed by a trans-national, unelected civil service. Let’s call it the American Union, or AU.
Imagine that Britain’s Foreign Secretary has just made a speech in Toronto saying he thinks America should join the AU in order to influence Mexico in the direction of free trade. The great and the good in America agree, because they think being part of the ten-country AU will prevent war, boost trade, help smaller nations compete with the behemoths of Europe and China, enable free movement of people, stand up to Russia, encourage scientific co-operation and ensure environmental protection.
Above all, we argue, it would show the world that America is not small-minded, xenophobic, protectionist and isolationist. To this end we think the AU should — er — agree a common tariff against imports from the poorer countries of South America and have free movement of peoples within but not from outside the union. We also think the United States should give up the dollar and use a common currency issued in central America, called the auro, sometimes known as the oreo, or if it is not ready to do that, should encourage others to use the auro, even though there is limited fiscal harmonisation, which bodes ill for the single currency. Oh, and the flag of the AU, consisting of ten radial yellow stripes on a blue background, should be prominently displayed alongside the Stars and Stripes.