The United Kingdom finds itself on the eve of a General Election and poised for an in/out referendum on its membership of the European Union – a decision with major implications for Britain’s relationship with America, global trade and international security.
Owen Paterson argues that the European Union was always a political project, an attempt to create a United States of Europe governed with political and judicial apparatus such as a Council of Ministers, parliament, currency, flag and central bank. It is not that the UK wants to leave the EU, but that the EU has left the UK. The Eurozone has to become, in effect, a new country to make a full redistributive federal state where there are legitimate means of transferring funds from the wealth creating areas in Germany and Holland to those parts of Spain, Italy and Greece where it is simply not possible to create wealth at the rate at which their countries joined the Euro.
This is a far cry from the Single Market that the United Kingdom signed up to. The UK should leave the political apparatus and enjoy a full trading relationship with Europe through the Single Market, the European Economic Area. This would free Europe to pursue its political project. And it would free Britain to take a full seat on the international global regulatory bodies that currently determine so much of global trade. It would strengthen the Anglosphere of great trading nations of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This has enormously positive implications for global trade and international security.
Owen Paterson has been the Member of Parliament for North Shropshire (Conservative) since 1997. He served as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2012-2014) and as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2010-2012). In 2014, he founded the think tank UK 2020 to research and publish optimistic, outward-looking, electorally viable conservative policies as a vital contribution to the Conservative Party.
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The Right Honourable Owen Paterson MP
Member of Parliament for North Shropshire, The United Kingdom
Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.
Director, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom