Where do the benefits of free trade and free markets begin? These questions are — in our ideologically driven world — too rarely asked.
The EU sees trade as a mechanism through which its political goals can be met. That’s why it still insists that its trading partners agree to everything from welfare policies to open borders — it even demands this of the U.K. in any new trade deal that Britain strikes after it leaves the EU.
World trade, Canada’s included, is beating a direct path to the British market.
The EU needs the U.K. much more than the U.K. needs the EU.
The UK’s decision to leave the European Union continues the Great Unwinding of multinational states that began with the collapse of empires after the First World War.