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Britain’s Days In The EU Are Numbered

The choice of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission greatly increases the likelihood that Britain will leave the European Union. The best argument for Britain’s staying was that we could shape the EU to our advantage. But our opposition to Juncker served only to rally other governments behind him. “Our influence in Brussels, in other words, is not just nugatory; it is negative” (Metered) (890 words)

Why Brits Should Celebrate American Independence

“Neither Paul Revere nor anyone else could have shouted ‘The British are coming’ in 1775: the entire population of Massachusetts was British (what the plucky Boston silversmith actually yelled was ‘The regulars are out!’) The overall level of taxation in the colonies in 1775 was barely a fiftieth of what it was in Great Britain. The Boston Tea Party, which sparked the violence, was brought about by a lowering of the duty on tea” (889 words)

The EU Is Not A Free Trade Area But A Customs Union

The difference is important and, says Hannan, goes to the heart of the debate about what relationship Britain should have with the EU (h/t @polit2k)

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