BREXIT means FIXIT

 

History may record that the British vote to leave the EU was just what Europe needed in order to save the European Union.

 

BREXIT may never happen, because a ‘divorce settlement’ that grants free access to EU markets while blocking free movement of EU workers is unlikely.

But Remainers should not take comfort. Abandoning BREXIT just because we can't reach a deal would still leave Britain divided.

It would also weaken Europe because an over-confident EU bureaucracy puffed up by quelling the British rebellion would have little incentive to reform.

 

On this page we take a more positive view proposing 'Europe 2.0'

For the sake of argument, wee will assume that BREXIT has to be abandoned.

But using the referendum as a wakeup call, we suggest how it could result in a better Europe for everyone.

 

Europe 2.0

The best of all possible Europes would harness the many benefits of close cooperation between Europeans while reducing the bureaucracy and over-centralisation problems that are throttling enterprise.

 

Europe 2.0 would be far more prosperous, meaning that less EU migrants wanted to come to Britain.

 

We will offer some draft proposals for creating Europe 2.0.

 

 

 

1        Simultaneously helping refugees and addressing the European fears about them.

Migration pressures caused by the refugee crisis are a different problem to free EU worker movement. But their problems they cause for the host communities are similar.

We offer a radically different solution to the refugee problem that combines humanitarian values with respect for the fears of host communities.

 

2        Exploiting EU national differences to make the EU the world's peacemaker

Conventional thinking leads to the conclusion that for the EU to remain influential in world matters it needs to move towards closer unity and probably create a European Army.
We suggest a radically different approach, with the EU becoming the dominant influence in maintaining world peace by tapping into the rich differences between its nation state cultures.

 

3     Fighting corruption

The EU Commission should set an example to governments throughout the world by having the highest standards of transparency in how its funding is spent.

The invention of the Bitcoin currency suggests a strategy for doing this. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin ]

Blockchains [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_chain_(database)] could be used for recording how EU funding flows from the contributing members, right down to the smallest businesses that are the beneficiaries of EU funding.

EU citizens, investigative journalists and others should be able to access the bulk of this information via an official EU website.

 

4 Innovation ‘Apps’.

We suggest a number of business innovations that would work well at a UK level, but even better if adopted by the whole EU.

These 'apps' include a planning tool that will enable the UK to reduce the the number of immigrants needed to fill our skill gaps.
They also include a "Fair Taxpayer" proposal that would encourage companies to pay their fair share of taxes in Europe without the EU Commission meddling in national tax affairs such as happened recently in the case involving Apple and the Irish government.

Our "Fair Taxpayer" proposal is the diametric opposite of the UK governments threat to become an off-shore European Corporation Tax Haven.
Unlike the government threat, it will add to our traditional British moral values, not debase them.

  

5     A Transport Internet for linking the EU countries

We can strengthen trading ties with the rest of Europe by reducing transport costs and delivery times.

Our low cost alternative to HS2 could form the basis of a Transport Internet that speeds up goods deliveries and reduces traffic on our roads.

 

6     Creating European wildlife corridors and new job opportunities in rural economies

This proposal will reduce the need for crippling European farming subsidies
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7   Localising the interest rates that control house prices

One of the reasons why the Euro currency is driving the Euro area nations towards federalisation is the necessity for all participating nations to accept a common interest rate. We suggest how the (virtual) impossibility of moving buildings across borders will allow the interest rate system to be tweaked, easing the pressure on interest rate conformity.

 

8     Latent Power Turbines

This new class of power generators could provide low cost clean energy for the whole of Europe. In particular note Section 2.3 on this linked webpage.

 

  

Figure 1. Based on Latent Power Turbines, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Portugal and Spain could become the green energy generating sunshine economies of Europe. However, unlike solar panels, LP Turbines extract their energy from warm air. This allows them to generate electricity 24/7 without the need for daylight or winds.

Figure 2. With the exception of Malta, unemployment rates in the sunshine economies are far higher than in the UK. Creating jobs in these countries will reduce migration pressures on the UK. Reducing unemployment would also reduce the internal terrorist threat.

 

 

9        Reducing EU bureaucracy and returning powers to the member states

The fear of creeping European legislation and the near impossibility of removing the bad legislation encouraged many small businesses to support BREXIT.

This is a serious problem that must be confronted.

We suggest that there should be a trial moratorium on increasing the burden of EU legislation.

 

A "one for one" policy should be adapted so that new legislation only comes into law when one piece of old legislation has been withdrawn.

There is sufficient out of date legislation on the books for some of it to be repealed without damaging European values.

In some cases, repeal could take the form of subsidiarity, with individual states having the right to enforce or ignore existing EU regulations.

Cutting back on red tape will stimulate business growth in the Euro zone and reduce the number of European migrants entering Britain to find jobs.

 

This measure will appease the many European voters who are irritated by Brussels meddling in their national affairs.

  

To coin a phrase, 'Europe needs better legislation, not more legislation."

 

A whole swathe of EU legislation relating to energy efficiency and vehicle pollution could be abolished if LP Turbines become the power generator of choice and hydrogen is adopted as the dominant transport fuel. Early abolition of energy efficiency legislation would allow the EU to take the lead in product innovation in an LP Turbine era.

 

 

 

The alternative: Going boldly forward as an independent Britain

 

During the pre-referendum campaign, BREXITeers placed great emphasis on Britain's status as the world's fifth largest economy. 
But will this be true in twenty years time?

Probably not because twenty of the the emerging nations have larger and younger populations than the UK.

These emerging nations are destined to remove the UK first from its position in the G7 nations, and then the G20 nations.

This is why:

It has taken the UK 300 years of industrialisation to reach its modern level of prosperity, but the emerging nations should be able to achieve this within a generation.

(i) The tropical diseases and intense heat that have historically handicapped the warmer countries are becoming overcome by medicine and air conditioning.

(ii) The expensive landline stage of telephone communications has been bypassed by the development of mobile phones.

(iii) The expensive national grid system of power distribution is being bypassed by the development of local power supplies to help fight the threat of global warming.

(iv) Online learning will allow degree level education to be achieved at a tiny fraction of the cost of attending a traditional university.

(v) These IT savvy graduates will be in a strong position to fight bribery and other forms of financial corruption in developing countries. Their tools will include the online exposure of cheats and the use of blockchains to secure financial transactions [http://wiht.link/blockchain-IG ]

 

The big danger for Britain is that by puffing up our own importance and thinking we can make our own way in the world, we will find ourselves at the mercy of our old colonial servants in the second half of this century.

Instead, we need to stay in the EU both for protection in numbers, and to act as a 'midwife', leading these emerging economies towards full democracy.

  

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