On June 23rd, our friends across the pond decided to leave the EU. There are several reasons why the UK decided to leave the EU that are quite applicable to our own government, and that are definite benefits to the United States. For starters, now that the UK will be trading less with the countries remaining in the EU, there will be a much stronger bond between the two nations (UK and the USA). Trading will increase and we will become less dependent on current trade partners; this will give us more leverage in deal making and allow more options.
Next, the EU was very influential in regards to military operations. The military of every single European Union could only go on a military mission with the unanimous vote of the countries. This means that, for a hypothetical example, if the United States was attacked by Russia, the countries in the EU may not be able to aid us in battle if a single nation disagreed. The UK surrendered the sovereignty of not only its military, but also its ability to help allies outside the EU. A country, a true country that owns its sovereignty, has the definite ability and right to deploy its military as desired. Whether the usage is morally acceptable or wrong, a nation reserves that right just as a nation has the right to defend itself.
On top of the loss of its ability to defend itself, the UK had surrendered its judicial branch to the hands of the “EUreaucrats”. In a government survey, it was gathered that 14% to 17% of UK law was put into place by EU membership. In parliament, the European Communities Act 1972 was set into motion. This stated that EU laws held primacy over UK laws. An official EU judge could override a judge from the UK’s decision involving anything with the EU. Failure to comply with the EU’s interpretation of the EU’s law would result in first a warning to set things right and then a large fine if the country fails to do so.
The economy certainly could not escape the long reach of the European Union. In the same government study as previously mentioned, roughly 50 percent of legislation that directly influences the economy is from the EU. That is a staggering amount and should not be taken lightly. On top of that, the government launched an extensive “stay” campaign during Brexit pre-voting time, and these numbers may have been influenced to be lower because of their views.
While Brexit certainly benefits the United States, how exactly is this applicable to the United States government? Our government is already a massive monstrosity with hundreds of bureaucratic tentacles reaching into every single part of American life. With the UN gaining power and authority and those seeking to “globalize” by selling our freedoms to third party international organizations, one must always be careful. Our government has specifically been delegated rights by the Constitution, and it may not change or re-delegate those rights except through an amendment. It does not have the authority to sell our sovereignty. The gravity of the UK’s “Brexit” is better understood if one looks into how much power our own government has. Now, imagine if we had two governments constantly tinkering, pushing, pulling, and influencing affairs. That is indeed a scary thought. It is essential that we learn from the UK’s decision and remain a free, sovereign nation.
Author: James Kurlich
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