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Nadine Dorries
Better Off Out
Posted Tuesday, 6 December 2016 at 13:10

The result of the Italian referendum illustrates quite nicely just what is wrong with so many EU member states and, because of that, with the EU itself. The world is changing around us, technology is advancing and non-western countries like China are rising. According to countries on Europe’s southern rim, we should react to all this by doing, er, nothing.

Renzi’s reforms weren’t perfect but they were relatively modest compared to the problems Italy is facing. Asked whether they wanted a country slightly more manageable, perhaps a bit more efficient and able to cope with the modern world as it is, rather than how they might like it to be, Italy’s voters said a big loud ‘No’.

So now the Eurozone’s third largest economy is facing a growing crisis, Italian banks may not last much longer and yet more of Angela Merkel’s energy will be spent trying to avoid an EU meltdown. The Chinese must be stifling giggles, while Putin’s propaganda machine will be grateful for the distraction from Russia’s long recession.

Germany, the Netherlands and the Baltic/ Nordic states ‘get it’. The modern world is a globalised economy where flexibility and efficiency are necessary preconditions to compete. Tempered with a social security net, yes. Ossified by socialism and protectionism, not so much.

As others have noted, the Italian result could strengthen our hand in negotiations for Brexit. When the Eurozone is in crisis its member states will be less inclined to follow French advice to create a punishment regime targeting the zone’s most significant trading centre, London.

I wish the EU success and its people prosperity. But given the weekend's result in Italy, I’m even more glad we’re on the way out.

 
 
 
 
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