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Pete North @PeteNorth303
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1. I voted to leave the EU for democracy and sovereignty and all that. That's good as far as it goes but it's no good talking about sovereignty without knowledge of its real world practical limitations. (Super boring thread)
2. We want to reclaim the power to legislate labour markets, rights and conditions of employment, we want to take back control of regulation of utilities and rethink how we do things which have no cross border implications.
3. The thing about the EU that blows goats is it seeks to legislate not for the facilitation of trade, but toward a single European statute book where methods, practices and conditions are uniform throughout. Nice idea in theory, unworkable and antidemocratic in practice.
4. From an ideological perspective we want to retain as much democratic control as possible over key areas of governance. The real world, however, has other ideas, where convergence in several areas facilitates the commerce we all depend on for health, wealth and prosperity.
5. In respect of that every single cooperation agreement is a surrender of sovereignty to one or other degree. It's how the world works. You can hoard that control but ultimately enjoy none of the benefits of international cooperation.
6. So in effect sovereignty is a resource that you spend for trade advantage. That's another reason the EU sucks. It's like transferring most of your sovereignty spending to a stockbroker who spends and "invests" on your behalf without paying any attention to what they are doing.
7. That is why individual agreements on specific sectors or with individual countries are better. You spend some of your sovereignty but retain a degree of control and can terminate them individually without full spectrum consequences like we have with Brexit.
8. We are told that there is a trade off between democracy, sovereignty and international trade, but by being in the EU we surrender the right to say no, make reform impossible and we are unable to respond to changes in trends.
9. The EU has a tendency to legislate according to the fads and fashions of global governance which is barely ever revisited meaning we suffer the legacy consequences a long time after. The CAP for instance is a total anachronism.
10. But now we are leaving the EU we still have to decide what level of cooperation and integration we wish to retain for the continuity of trade, ensuring we have the maximum available cooperation without political subordination.
11. This is why I have a deep seated dislike of the Tory right who fetishise sovereignty to the exclusion of all other concerns, who preach "free trade" but in practice have zero intention of cooperating on a regulatory level.
12. And then we have useful idiots like @SpikedOnline constructing a mythical model of an ideal sovereignty which has no basis in reality and no prospect of attainment. Since it doesn't exist and cannot exist (and is poorly defined) Spiked can set itself up as its champion
13. Thus whatever happens, no mode of Brexit will conform to the ideal thus can stamp their feet in righteous indignation and signal to the world how virtuous they are and how it would be so much better had we not been "betrayed".
14. And that really is the modus operandi of the binary brexit mob. They set up a scenario that isn't going to happen and couldn't realistically happen whereby they can claim that once again the little people they claim to represent have been silenced and stifled.
15. This is classic political opportunism where they win whichever way the dice fall. The betrayal narrative holds because their unicorn never materialised. they tell us they want democracy and sovereignty but never spell out what we would actually do with it.
16. So here we are chasing rainbows reclaiming that democracy and sovereignty to the max but in so doing torching a number of key industries for micro levels of control over things that no sane person in the world cares about.
17. For reasons that escape me it is more important to have total sovereignty over aubergine marketing standards and coastguard radio frequencies than valuable supply chains that generate jobs and income. I would like them to tell me why but I never get an answer.
18. You will get no argument from me that staying in the single market is suboptimal but leaving the EU does not make it go away nor does it erase the last forty years of economic cooperation which has seen the growth of a number of lucrative export industries.
19. I am told this is so we can trade with the rest of the world having read absolutely everything published by Brexiters on trade, I have yet to see one assessment that shows we will be better off for it - nor will we be at liberty to deregulate trade in any meaningful way.
20. The fact of the matter is that if an EU directive exists or a raft of EU rules then it is in response to a global convention or framework we would have signed up to either way simply because we do believe in the global rules based system.
21. So what they are selling us is snake oil with no intellectual foundation, no economic benefit & no meaningful return of sovereignty that we wouldn't have if we stayed in the single market. They know this which is why they don't argue a case. They are gutless frauds.
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