“The Western world is freer and the elites hate it”

Six observations on Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

“The vote for Brexit is a vote for sovereignty and self-determination. Britain will no longer be subject to European legislation, with Britain’s Parliament retaking control. British judges will no longer be overruled by the European Court of Justice, and British businesses will be liberated from mountains of EU regulations, which have undermined economic liberty… Indeed, Brexit will result in a bonfire of red tape, freeing the city of London and enterprises across the nation from European Union diktat. And at last, Britain is free again to negotiate its own free trade deals, a huge boost to the world’s fifth largest economy.” – Nile Gardiner, “Why Americans Should Celebrate the Brexit Vote” – The Daily Signal, June 24th, 2016.

“Thursday, June 23, 2016, will go down in history as Britain’s Independence Day. The Europhile elite has been defeated. Britain points Europe the way to the future and to liberation. It is time for a new start, relying on our own strength and sovereignty.” – Geert Wilders, quoted by Reuters in “Dutch anti-immigration leader Wilders calls for Dutch referendum on EU membership” on June 24th, 2016.

“It is a victory for democracy and national sovereignty, and a defeat for the Utopian ambitions of the European elite. Some sectors of the British economy (most of all export industry) will benefit; others will suffer due to the inevitable obstacles to free trade that will emerge as Britain exits.” – David P. Goldman, “Britain bests Brussels: Spengler” – Asia Times, June 24th, 2016.

“It was Finland’s former prime minister, Alexander Stubb, who last night tweeted that Great Britain’s leaving the European Union was the beginning of a ‘bad nightmare’. The Finns have to think like Finnish people because they are nothing like a world power, but one of many little nations who have chosen to lean on the might and subsidy of a union with other nations (that have similarly caved) in order to feel strong.” – Dave Merrick, “Brexit: The shot heard ‘round the world!” – Canada Free Press, June 24th, 2016.

“The majority of British people are rejoicing, but elites on both sides of the Atlantic are stirring with anger and disbelief. They would have you believe the Brexit campaign was driven by nothing more than racism, xenophobia and nationalism. Some have snarked that 52% of British voters are bigots… According to elites, the people just can’t be trusted to make the right decision. But for the people of Great Britain, leaving the EU was very much the right choice.” – Candice Malcolm, “The Western world is freer and the elites hate it” – Toronto Sun, June 24th, 2016.

“(But) most voters, angered by years of Brussels-based EU decisions they complained they had no say in, and worried that European immigrants and Mideast refugees flooding into Europe would overwhelm the U.K.’s public services and take away jobs and housing, rejected those arguments… The referendum’s outcome was fueled by the same anger with political and economic elites that clinched the U.S. Republican presidential nomination for Donald Trump, who was in Scotland reopening a golf course he owns.” – Toronto Sun Editorial, June 24th, 2016.