The EU and the sanction of the victim

Theresa May has produced a deal that is possibly the worst political document I have seen in a long time. The substance of the ‘deal’ is that the EU keeps making rules for the UK but we have no MEPs. Yes, that’s right is even worse than our current political position, which is already terrible.

The Prime Minister has tweeted about the deal being offered by the EU and how much businessmen allegedly love it. All this tweet makes me think is that some businessmen hope to profit by getting the EU’s boot to stamp on the faces of their competitors. In reality, this advantage would erode the businesses that take “advantage” of it by making them into politicians’ pets who are incapable of surviving without special treatment. And of course, those politicians would quite happily destroy every single one of the businesses in that tweet the second it was convenient.

Things didn’t have to be this way. All Theresa May had to do two years ago was say the following:

We will have no tariffs with the EU and will maintain our current border arrangements with Ireland. We’ll make our own laws and won’t be passing any of your regulations.

Then we just leave the EU to do whatever they want. If the EU choose to raise tariffs with the UK, then we just say:

It’s a terrible shame that EU politicians are so blinded with hatred for people who want their politicians to be accountable that they are willing to stab their own constituents in the back by making mutually beneficial trade more difficult.

In other words, just tell the truth about the EU and don’t take any shit from them. And what are the EU going to do? Nothing. The EU only has power that member states choose to give them. The EU needs the sanction of the victim and if we withdraw it the EU is finished:

I saw that there comes a point, in the defeat of any man of virtue, when his own consent is needed for evil to win—and that no manner of injury done to him by others can succeed if he chooses to withhold his consent. I saw that I could put an end to your outrages by pronouncing a single word in my mind. I pronounced it. The word was “No.”

MPs and businessmen and everyone else should just say ‘No’ and leave the EU with or without a ‘deal’. We have nothing to gain from a deal with corrupt, unaccountable politicians. They don’t make anything of any value. They don’t do anything of any value. They have nothing to offer. All we have to do is walk away.

About conjecturesandrefutations
My name is Alan Forrester. I am interested in science and philosophy: especially David Deutsch, Ayn Rand, Karl Popper and William Godwin.

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