The 2016 EU Referendum asked voters whether they wanted to remain in the EU or leave it. On the Referendum ballot paper there was no mention of any conditional deal with the EU as to the manner of leaving – we simply voted for Britain to cease being a member of the European Union and revert to pre-1973 independence. Why should Britain be required to pay £10 billion to the EU every year in order to trade with European countries – trade is normally mutually beneficial. We effectively voted for a “No Deal” Brexit under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
There would be nothing to stop an independent WTO Britain subsequently entering into a mutual free-trade agreements with any other countries. But if the EU imposed trade barriers or tariffs on goods or services exported from Britain after Brexit then Britain would be entitled, tit for tat, to impose identical barriers and tariffs against the EU’s exports to us. We import considerably more from EU countries than we export to them, so we would collect commensurately more tariffs than we would have to pay on our exports to the EU. Hopefully, the EU would see the pointlessness of trading countries imposing identical tariffs on each other.
The UK and EU are existing WTO members in their own right and are required to offer each other ”Most Favoured Nation” trading status. Far-left Marxist and far-right capitalist Members of Parliament do not feel obliged to follow the views of the voters who elected them into office – persistently criticising “No Deal” Brexit as “crashing out” of the EU, as though in panic, and describing the prospect of a no deal Brexit as a “catastrophe” and a “disaster”. Northern Ireland’s wish to continue having no customs checks or tariffs on trade with the Republic of Ireland could be put into effect unilaterally by Northern Ireland for imported goods, but EU member the Republic of Ireland could still choose to impose customs checks and tariffs.
The call by remainers for a “people’s vote”, that is, a second referendum aiming to amend or reverse the result of the original referendum, is unjustified. But it is a typical unscrupulous tactic of the EU that whenever a nation’s vote goes against their wishes, the EU demands that they vote again until they get the result we want, and in the meantime we will deploy “operation fear” and do our best to damage your economy as punishment for voting the wrong way. Before the referendum a government booklet put through every letterbox promised that that original referendum vote would be put into effect – i.e. the referendum result was made binding before the vote took place. The whole purpose of the government’s provision of such binding EU referendum was to give the British people the sovereign right to directly decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the EU, and to override the sovereignty of the government and MPs in parliament.
Britain leaving the dictatorial EU under WTO rules and without an EU deal would be in good company. According to Wikipedia, there are 164 WTO member countries, which together account for 96.4% of global trade!
WTO member countries offering “Most Favoured Nation” trading status to Britain are:
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