Now that Britain has regained its independence it is time for us to retake our place on the global stage. We’ll keep you informed about the moves Britain is, and should be, making in order to ensure that a more engaged, outward-looking United Kingdom is helping to meet global challenges more effectively. Leave.EU will be ensuring to keep you informed on what’s happening on the world stage.
LEAVE.EU INSIGHT AND ANALYSIS
THE WORLD KEEPS TURNING
The huge prospects for expanded trade as a result of Brexit are well documented but Britain and the world stand to benefit in other ways too.
In rejecting a federal Europe, and its arsenal of institutions that sit above the nation-state in the food chain, the British public has delivered a potent message the international community: It is countries, otherwise known as nations and states that are the building blocks of international politics. Effective action cannot and should not occur without the consent of ALL the players.
As we look at the global challenges currently facing the world, it is nation-states such as the US, China and now the United Kingdom that are tasked with developing solutions to problems like international security and global warming. Through its flat-footed response over the migrant crisis, the EU has shown itself to not fit into this category. It lacks the know-how and the mobility.
There is no denying that cooperation between nations is essential for the well-being of all humankind, but for that collaboration to be effective, the actors participating need to be perceived by the people as representative of them and their interests. Boris Johnson’s appointment as Foreign Secretary is a direct result of this – he was on the front line of the charge towards Brexit. It is only right the man we have representing us around the world has Britain’s interests at heart as well as wants to see us participate away from a myopic European focus.
The British people can look forward to a truly representative government, a government with a stronger array of policy tools at its disposal as a non-EU nation, we can all look forward to a more assertive and effective Britain on the global stage. This is a nation after all, whose people have been at the forefront of social, political and scientific progress for centuries. It has a major contribution to make in engaging with and resolving global problems, and now it can. Bring it on.
OFF TO A GOOD START
Since the result of the referendum was announced, many world leaders have extended their hands to the United Kingdom. In the United States, speaker of the house Paul Ryan has said: “We need to emphasise that they are our indispensable ally, we have a special relationship, and I think that does mean we should have a trade agreement with Great Britain”. Meanwhile, the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand have announced that they will work together to make new trading arrangements with the UK post-Brexit, and former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was quick to congratulate Britain on voting to restore its independence.
CAN WE? CAN’T WE?
Liam Fox has often cut a frustrated figure in his new role. The EU has a vested interest in Britain failing to secure new trade opportunities. Fully aware that the United Kingdom is uniquely placed to do so, Brussels has been quick to slap down the prospect of the UK signing a trade deal before Article 50 elapses in 2019 and has been all too keen to muddy the waters on what the British government can and cannot do.
Legally, the UK is entirely free to approach other nations and begin negotiations towards a trade deal. As an EU Member State, it is only forbidden from signing an agreement – the last and least complicated part of the process. In line with standard procedure towards a free trade agreement, a working group has already been set up with the United States. Should Fox go any further with any of the host of countries eager to open up commercial opportunities with Great Britain, the EU has indicated it would punish Britain by breaking off the Article 50 negotiations, which would be illegal.
Fox has been manfully touring the globe to rebuild relations left dormant after almost 50 years of EU membership. He will be pushing to be given as much free reign as possible during the transition period running 2019-2021 in order to make the most of independence as early as possible while putting pressure on the EU to come to terms with its lack of stature in a new world where Europe counts for a dwindling amount of economic output.