I’ve reworked one of my twitter threads on trade into a post for the LSE’s Brexit blog. I argue that the kind of Brexit being advocated both on the left and the right of British politics is unrealistic given the way international trade works in the modern world. The public are being missold Brexit by both camps. Read the whole thing on the LSE’s site, here.
I’ve posted a couple of threads on Twitter recently about trade, challenging the Brexit narrative of some ‘liberal leavers’ in which they argue that the UK has been held back by its EU membership. Going back to find one’s old tweets is a nightmare, so rather than do that I’m simply going to link to them here for future reference. (Edit – I’m broadening this to include other Brexit-related threads, not just the trade ones.)
A thread to address a couple of perennial euromyths, that the EU can’t conclude FTAs with big economies, & that it’s protectionist. /1
— Chris Kendall 🇪🇺 (@ottocrat) August 6, 2017
“We’ll just cut & paste EU trade deals with Rest of World” says May. But SHE CAN’T. That’s NOT HOW IT WORKS. https://t.co/se7aOd5Oyr /1
— Chris Kendall 🇪🇺 (@ottocrat) August 31, 2017
— Chris Kendall 🇪🇺 (@ottocrat) September 27, 2017
— Chris Kendall 🇪🇺 (@ottocrat) September 28, 2017
Much heat & noise, rather less light in discussion of the “WTO option” and what happens under “no deal”. Don’t fall for simple answers. /1
— Chris Kendall 🇪🇺 (@ottocrat) October 24, 2017
Let’s have a look at foreign policy & Brexit. How will the new “Global Britain” fare as a foreign policy power on its own once more? /1
— Chris Kendall 🇪🇺 (@ottocrat) October 28, 2017
may will have come back and added to this list and will continue adding to it if/when I do more of these.