The past few decades of a Europe that is prosperous, and (largely) at peace, joined together by links of trade and political cooperation, has been a great achievement and a profound addition to the well-being of humanity. But the European Union used that as an excuse to push for an overly centralized, intrusive, and unaccountable regulatory bureaucracy, which is part of what prompted the British people to vote in a referendum in 2016 to get out.
So why haven’t they been able to do it?
They haven’t been able to do it because subsequent Parliaments have not been able to agree on a plan for actually implementing Brexit, a plan for how borders and trade will be treated once Britain exits the EU. You might say that these questions turned out to be more difficult than the referendum voters understood—how to treat the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is a particularly thorny dilemma, given the unhappy history there. Yet the UK has only been part of the European Union for a few decades, before which it enjoyed centuries of independence, so these difficulties hardly seem insurmountable if anybody really wanted to solve them.
There’s the catch.
Read the rest at The Bulwark.