It’s not just a level playing field; it’s an ethical one, too

There is a phrase that pops up occasionally when talking about free trade, economics and ― increasingly ― Brexit. And it’s a phrase I don’t like: a level playing field. It refers to the idea that different economic entities should trade fairly with each other, where if one country pays its workers fairly, its produce… Continue reading It’s not just a level playing field; it’s an ethical one, too

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A second Brexit Referendum?

Brexit means Brexit, don’t you know. Now that 52% of people have voted for Brexit (noun) we should now Brexit (verb). End of story. Or do you not believe in democracy?! But, what does Brexit actually mean? This meme of ‘Brexit means Brexit’ doesn’t actually tell us anything. “Brexit” was a word the media made… Continue reading A second Brexit Referendum?

Brexit (2) The UK has a say in European democracy and an economic benefit (that’s good)

The EU’s democracy works by having representatives from each country voted in to take a seat at the European Parliament. These representatives are called Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The system is analogous to the way British democracy already works (ignoring the fact that countries tend to vote in radical-right political parties as MEPs,… Continue reading Brexit (2) The UK has a say in European democracy and an economic benefit (that’s good)

Brexit (1) Leaving the European Union is leaving the European economy (and that’s bad)

The European Union is basically a trade agreement, with a few foreign policy rules thrown in. And the trade agreement is a good one: is outlines the bare minimum requirements to partake of the benefits of EU trade. It stops a member state selling out its environment and its people to undercut the European market.… Continue reading Brexit (1) Leaving the European Union is leaving the European economy (and that’s bad)