Strong in rhetoric, weak at substance – too much for Britain’s “worldview” | Brexit


GLobal Britain is a catchy mantra. There is a tasty hint of restored grandeur – although this time it’s not an empire but a cosmopolitan. It also deflects neatly from the accusation that leaving the European Union is a rampant phenomenon in little England. Instead, the European Union is designed to be narrow-minded and inward-looking. Moreover, it represents ambition.

Global Britain will be a great power as we are used to – cutting trade deals with the world, sending our fleet east of Aden again to project naval power as part of the Asia Axis; And take the lead in supporting democracy and the rule of law. The wartime artist Bud Flanagan can rest easily. “Who do you think you are kidding, rest, if you think old England is over.”

The government has the country locked in a My father’s army Mindset – Boris Johnson as Captain Maynwrang and his department of Stupid Boys who manage our global lead against the remaining No-nays. Watch it jubilation last week on The United States raises punitive tariffs on Scotch whiskey It was declared a victory for Britain after Brexit – as embarrassing as it was ignorant.

One day later, the US suspended all punitive tariffs on all EU exports for a four-month truce in the bitter trade dispute between Airbus and Boeing during attempts to reach a settlement. In any case, we are on the EU side: Airbus and its supply chain are six or seven times more valuable than whiskey exports to the United States. Moreover, if Airbus withdraws from the UK, we lose one of our remaining stakes in the remaining large high-tech companies, a potential champion in the fast-growing space industry. But facts should not get in the way of Britain’s global fairy tale.

This month, the government will publish its long-overdue integrated review of how Britain’s global foreign, defense and trade aid policies have held together. Captain Boris gave a preview at a Speech For the Munich Security Conference last month – again embarrassing. He said the maiden flight of the 20,000 nautical mile HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was symbolic of the restoration of an independent superpower ready to support the weak West, with 35 borrowed US F-35s flanked by a US destroyer.

It might be a virtue, and maybe a sign of agility, to be the first to impose sanctions, say, on Belarus – but for President Alexander Lukashenko, that is a prick. What matters are the European Union sanctions, which Britain has lost its ability to influence. Moreover, the plea of ​​Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron to abandon the European Union’s common foreign policy to revive the old “Quartet” Cold War with Britain and the United States was insane – especially since all the other leaders were talking of a common reshaping. Relations between the European Union and the United States.

I also read Ryder Haggard, RM Ballantyne, C.S.Forester, and GA Henty when I was a schoolboy – a world of brave British beating foreigners (mainly French) and natives as they paint the globe red with British colonies, domination, and reserves. But at the same time, the newscasts were full of British troops dying in Aden and Borneo for no apparent reason, and the sterility of white settlers. Unilateral declaration of independence In Rhodesia. Harold Macmillan was right about the winds of change – and Harold Wilson has abandoned a defensive presence east of Eden. It was clear that Britain’s claims as a global superpower had to be reformulated. What these novels represented was indeed history.

But it is not yet history for Brexiters for whom the core of British identity is hegemony, showing the way, and dropping a foreign Johnny.

Ed Balls, a former cabinet minister of labor, recently paid an amount My father’s army A Brigade of Honor takes them seriously in a paper, Finding Global Britain, written with colleagues at the Harvard Kennedy Center. He said Britain would not reshape the world trade system, revitalize the West, and advance the cause of liberal democracy in and of itself. To be the force of good, it can and must be, it must be more humble – presenting itself as an honest broker and an alliance builder – and above all to remain friends with the European Union, whose strength we have to harness to get anywhere.

Sane and Balanced Things – But reason and humility are not the reason why we are where we live now. Even the primary account escapes the Johnson gang. Commerce Secretary Lise Truss reviews the merits of a trade deal with the United States (valued at a An additional 0.16% of GDP More than 15 years if it could be pulled off) and become a powerhouse in the Pacific by joining the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, which deserves less. These are intended to compensate the estimator Loss of 2.92% of GDP From leaving the customs union and the single market in the European Union. Shallow trade deals in goods – even in the glamorous Pacific Ocean – do not make up for the loss of deep trade arrangements that include the services we have destroyed with the European Union.

Also, HMS Elizabeth is not the Nemesis of recent days, the British canoe that sank Chinese warships to win the First Opium War and thus Hong Kong. The Chinese have long memories and will make unfortunate contact even if we don’t. They are also skilled judges of authority. They know that projecting military might with borrowed planes and without economic support is an expensive farce. Flaunting soft power in the wake of the advent is no less laughable Swinging cuts in UK aid programs To some of the poorest countries in the world – it was revealed last week in a leak to Open Democracy. If only the destitute and the dying in Yemen or Somalia had lived on the margins of the Conservative Party, they would have expected much better.

Brexit is a self-defeating act of folly. The Office of Budget Responsibility announced that our long-term growth rate has now decreased to 1.7%. Today we announce that the introduction of customs checks on EU goods in April and July will be postponed due to concerns over food shortages. Trade flows between the United Kingdom and the European Union are in crisis. The country has the capacity and values ​​to be a force for good, but global Britain is a hoax. Home keeper that My father’s army It was the honest men at least, who were wonderfully mocked. The same cannot be said of the Army in Number 10.

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