May 12, 2016

NO NATION IS TRANSNATIONALIST:

In U.K. Referendum, It's Sovereignty, Stupid (STEPHEN FIDLER, May 12, 2016, WSJ)

[F]or many people who want the U.K. out of the EU, the economic arguments are beside the point.

The big issue for them is to bring decision-making back to the Parliament in London and to reverse what they see as the creeping control Brussels has had over British affairs since the U.K. joined what was then the European Economic Community in 1973.

For them, it's not the economy, stupid. It's about sovereignty.

Yet that raises the question about what sovereignty really is. In a new paper released this week, Robin Niblett, director of the Chatham House think tank, argues "sovereignty in international affairs in the 21st century is about securing outcomes, not about preserving autonomy."

That's close to correct, with one caveat : sovereignty is about preserving the autonomy necessary to secure the outcomes the people decide upon.  That's why no demos will cede decision making to transnational bureaucrats if given the choice.

Posted by at May 12, 2016 6:19 PM

  

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