Britain's Exit is a Good Thing for Everyone

Thursday's Brexit vote is a momentous step for the British people. For the first time in more than 40 years, they will be able to shape their own destiny as a world power. Brexit frees Great Britain from the shackles of the supra-national European Union, which has evolved into a big-government super-state -- one that restricts and constrains the sovereignty and freedom of individual nation-states.

This is a political earthquake that will send shockwaves across Europe and across the Atlantic. Brexit will lead to other EU members holding their own referendums. Indeed, this could be the beginning of the end for the European Project. Throughout Europe, there are growing calls for greater sovereignty and decentralization of political power. Brexit is just the start of sweeping changes across Europe.

The EU has been in steep decline for many years. It has become synonymous with low economic growth, high taxes, burdensome regulations, and soaring public debts. With good reason is the European Project being challenged across the continent.

Brexit is good not only for Britain, but for the United States. Washington should view Brexit as a tremendous opportunity to expand economic freedom on both sides of the Atlantic. The U.S. should move immediately to advance a free-trade area between Great Britain and America -- after all, the U.S. and the UK enjoy the world’s largest bilateral economic partnership. This relationship is the beating heart of the free world, and Brexit will strength the ties between our two great nations.

Britain, outside of the EU, will be a more powerful force on the world stage. That’s good news for the U.S. and the NATO alliance. The EU is a paper tiger. Vladimir Putin and his aggressive Russian regime do not fear the EU with its appeasement mindset, but he and his cronies are wary of American and British power and the NATO alliance.

President Putin doesn’t lose any sleep over the thought of the latest edict issued by the European Commission. But he is wary of the U.S.-UK special relationship. A post-Brexit Britain will be a resurgent and powerful force for freedom across the world, alongside the United States. And that calls for celebration.

About the Author

Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Director, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom
The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom

Originally published in USA Today