So where are we now?
Well, most of my Christian friends are very pleased that we have voted to leave the EU. Bear in mind that few of them are inclined to doctrines of end-times and new world order conspiracies, and nor, to be frank, are many of them deeply politically and economically knowledgeable about world affairs. Notwithstanding this, many have stated that by voting for Brexit we have had a close shave and have just escaped by the skin of our teeth from something terrible. Many mentioned the prospect that Europe was contemplating a European Army and that we would have been dragged into wars we did not want to be part of. A small few have mentioned immigration, but that was, at least among my Christian friends, very few and not a very loud complaint. They were far more concerned about the centralization of power in the EU and the taking away of power from individual governments to make decisions based what their people want. Several feel that the EU is deliberately secularizing and is suppressing Christianity under the guise of promoting equality. I agree with them. For a long while I was going to vote remain, but the day before the vote I was led to vote leave. I am glad I did.
Pessimists said our economy would suffer if we left. Well initially they are right, we have seen a huge drop in our currency which is at the moment making all our imported things much more expensive. But hey! We should be EXPORTING and doesn’t that mean stuff we sell abroad just got cheaper? Sure they might put up trade barriers, but we will be able to negotiate new trade deals with countries we haven’t been allowed to by the EU. More export money coming in could offset the currency fall.
There are cynics that say the EU was very keen to keep us in and under their rules because they fear our leaving would be the first domino in the fall of their empire, and to keep us in check as the second or third largest of the two dozen or so EU states, right on their doorstep, we would otherwise be a terrifying competitor if our wings were not kept clipped by EU rules. Well I have news for Europe – and its no news at all – yes your empire is falling we are not he only ones that want freedom, and yes we will be again the competitor you have to see to believe.
Optimists said we would become more outward looking. Yes I see it happening at an amazing rate. I work for a large company and we have just bought a company in East Africa because we see huge development opportunities there. The BBC has announced many new World Service Radio stations in 19 languages. On our TV news we are now seeing regularly Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African news and culture that we hadn’t until now.
America has also had enough of it’s old deal, and say what you like, their new force in politics likes our new force in politics – Trump likes Farage, and Trump likes the UK. Trump says Europe must pay its way in NATO. The UK already does of course. That sits with the European Army that the UK won’t have to pay for and prop up now of course.
So here’s an optimistic reminder of things the UK has done in the past and positions we hold that are a good indicator of why we need have no fear that we will not be a huge success out of the EU in the future, and why the EU was so scared we would leave.
Industry – the Industrial Revolution
Global Trade – the British Empire ruled 3/4 of the Earth
and many of the things that make these possible…
Satellites – Arthur C. Clarke
The World Wide Web – Tim Berners-Lee
Computers – Charles Babbage
Telephones – Alexander Graham Bell
Television – John Logie Baird
Railways and Trains – Richard Trevithick, George and Robert Stephenson
Maglev Trains – Charles Wheatstone and Eric Laithwaite
Hovercraft – Christopher Cockerell
Telegraph – Charles Wheatstone and Samuel Cooke
Undersea Communication Cables – a long list of British inventors
Jet Engine – Frank Whittle
London is biggest financial hub in world (Global Financial Centres Index)
Heathrow Airport – 2nd busiest in world by international passenger traffic
Pedal Bicycle – Kirkpatrick Macmillan
UK is 2nd in world league of Nobel Prizes
UK is 3rd in world league of Olympic Medals
UK is 5th biggest economy in world (IMF world economic outlook April 2016)
Military victories – Agincourt, Spanish Armada, Napoleonic Wars, WW1, WW2 (how many times has Britain saved Europe from itself? – maybe Brexit is preparing the way for us to save them again!)
And here’s some lovely things we gave the world:
The mini car
The mini skirt
The E-Type Jaguar car
The Flying Scotsman Train
The Mallard Train
Roll Royce cars and aero-engines
The Spitfire fighter plane
The Harrier Jump Jet
Concorde (with France)
The channel tunnel (with France)
The Millau Viaduct (for France!)
The Rolling Stones
W H Auden
The King James Bible translation
So how do you think we are going to do, post-Brexit?