The EU is crumbling in the face of rising populism
Professor Peter Murphy launched a blistering attack on the Brussels club saying it is “contemptuous of opponents and disdainful of public opinion”.
He even went as far to say half of the £18billion a year that the EU receives from Britain would have “financed George Osborne’s historic deficit reductions of around £8.5billion a year over seven years”.
Mr Murphy, a Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, said: “Britain sends £18 billion a year to the EU. It gets only £9billion back in grants.
Brexit is a remarkable historical moment because it opens up possibilities
Professor Peter Murphy
“The half that the EU retains annually would have financed George Osborne’s historic deficit reductions of around £8.5billion a year over seven years.
“Brexit is a remarkable historical moment because it opens up possibilities.
“Many of these will not be realised. But the ones that are realised will work because enough people in the end will say no to depressive political economies and yes to the spirit of endeavour, adventure and resolution.”
Britain’s Brexit vote has sparked an increasing anti-EU sentiment across the continent, as rising populist parties prepare a fight to topple the Union.
As nervous Brussels bureaucrats look on in fear over the rise of far-right leaders such as French Front National leader Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders, Mr Murphy points out the EU is power hungry.
Writing for Quadrant Online, he goes on: “The EU meets its every failure with one response: we need more power. The EU’s founding notion was that nationalism, not militarism or totalitarianism, led to two world wars
“From day one the EU’s purpose has been to white-ant the sovereignty of its member states.
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Mr Murphy added: “The EU sees itself as a superstate based on the free movement of labour, services, capital and goods. In reality the “eurocracy” oversees an ugly parody of these principles.
“Rather than the free movement of skilled labour, EU rules encourage benefit-seeking, kin-driven immigration. The mass flow of people, legal and illegal, from kin-based low-growth societies places a drag on dynamic economies.”
Mr Murphy also called on Britain to adopt the Swiss trade model when it finally leaves the crumbling Union, highlighting Britain’s “leverage”.
He said: “The simplest option on exiting is for the UK to resume its old membership of EFTA and do what the Swiss do, negotiate bilateral trade agreements with the EU.
“The Swiss in 2014 even resolved to trade with the EU but ignore its migration policy. The UK has a lot of leverage. It is the fifth-largest economy in the world.
“It is the fifth-largest economy in the world. The EU sells much more to the UK than the UK does to the EU.
Britain voted to leave the EU on June 23
MPs overwhelmingly voted to give Theresa May the power to trigger Article 50 to begin the process of the UK leaving the Brussels club.
The Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill cleared its first Parliamentary hurdle with a majority of 498 MPs honour the EU referendum result.
Singing the prime minister’s praises, Mr Murphy said Mrs May was a “serious and forceful politician”.
He added: “May is a serious and forceful politician. She is likely to dominate UK politics for some time. That means she will be decisive in shaping post-Brexit Britain. Her greatest contribution to this may turn out to be her disdain for chum politics and her view that coteries should be replaced by hard work.
“Her worldview is: I have a job to do; let’s get on and do it. The entire political class in the Anglosphere could learn a useful lesson from this attitude of quiet resolution.”
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