Seriously, you all must control the entire world being so united and not fractious at all and such. You really should take a moment and congratulate yourself!
The EU is the result of exactly those experiences already made by the member countries when they were still isolated and divide and conquer
still worked great against them from the outside on pretty much every level.
That has largely stopped working against the European Union as the Brexit negotiations have shown most recently, and while unity in many crucial aspects doesn't automatically solve every remaining problem under the sun, it is still a much better starting point than isolation and disunity had been before.
And those prinicples haven't stopped being relevant now that the UK is isolating itself again.
Again, seriously... this is nowhere near done and you are making definitive statements.
No, I'm just explaining why the EU was created regarding its trade-relevant place in the world and that this was in fact successful to a large degree.
We don't know if the UK is "isolating itself" and quite frankly it will work damn hard to not isolate itself.
The UK PM has just declared that he'll refuse any alignment with the EU, and that effectively means isolating the UK from both its by far largest trading partner (both in products
and even more importantly in services
!) and from all other countries which have aligned themselves with the EU.
Sure, it's a decision the UK can make, but it will have consequences. And those consequences are not due to any malicious act on the part of the EU but simply automatic by the way the world works.
As to other places making stuff for 65 million people versus the 450 million of the EU.... why the hell can't the UK utilize those exact same things? Why does something have be made different for the UK?
Sure, but then the whole "the UK can set its own standards!" idea is effectively out of the window in one big heave!
And why do you think the UK won't be able to trade with the EU, just like a large number of other nations in the world?
All of them can buy whatever they want from the EU (but some like the Trump administration love to levy extra taxes from their own populations for doing so, which is what tariffs
actually are!).Exporting to
the EU, on the other hand, requires one of two things:
1. Each exporting business proving
individually that its products meet EU standards and regulations. That is what australian producers need to do today, for instance, and it is expensive and difficult to gain and maintain that proof.
2. foreign countries aligning their own standards and regulations to the EU's and getting the EU's acknowledgment of that, so anything that's produced in those countries automatically
meets EU regulations and individual businesses have it a lot easier at much lower overhead cost to export to the EU.
1. is very cumbersome and inefficient and eats into the profits to be made; 2. is much easier and more efficient which is why many countries have either trade deals which provide that alignment at least in certain market segments or align more fully with EU rules and regulations to the benefit of their businesses.
Fully diverging from the EU will come at a substantial cost to UK businesses, and even more so to the critical UK service industries than to producing businesses.
And all the blustering platitudes in the world won't change those cold, hard facts – those platitudes in his jocular and grandiose speeches are only for massaging Johnson's domestic
audience but they don't make a whit of a difference to the actual reality
of the UK's future trade relations.
Seriously, get off the high horse.
None of this is just made up to annoy anyone – the whole point of the Common Market is the acceptance that the world actually works like that
, and has done that for a long time already!