Who Wants to be a Brexiteer?
F or all the Remain campaigns reasons for crying foul and their reasons for still campaigning to change the will of the people that voted leave in the hope that there may be a reprieve through the parliamentary process to prevent a hard Brexit or a Brexit at all; we all have our reasons which we will detail without prejudice.  For all those Remain campers who aren't so happy and assert that Leavers are of a certain ilk, namely redneck hillbillies with little or no understanding of policy, politics, economics, or business we look at it for information and consideration.

In the immortal words that were spoken over 50 years ago by humanitarian Dr Martin Luther King Jr whom shames us into wanting to do better; despite having come so far we yet still have a long road to travel. To remind those among us who may not know which passage to which we refer;

In the immortal words that were spoken over 50 years ago by humanitarian Dr Martin Luther King Jr whom shames us into wanting to do better; despite having come so far we yet still have a long road to travel. To remind those among us who may not know which passage to which we refer; “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character”. (For those among you who may not have read the speech can click the link as it is certainly worth a read)

If the campaign across the USA and here in the UK recently that road has a some distance yet.  Statistics do not hide the facts, there is a higher proportion of Black and Minority Ethnics in the prison system; there is no greater cause than poverty, poor housing, healthcare, education and opportunities.

One of Oscar Wilde’s many quotes and insights into the human psyche that strikes a chord is the following: “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world”.

You might think that the above two mentioned may not have much in common, but scratch beneath the surface and you will see the ugly truth; both men were alienated and persecuted but for different reasons. Both rose above it and shone a light on the beauty of humanity as opposed to the ugliness of their treatment.

What has this got to do with Brexit?

There is no obvious differentiator between the wealth gap and poorer peoples than the differences between the White European and others.  This is however changing; the contribution of the races cannot be measured by colour alone but the reason we use colour or race as a key factor is simple. In a population of 7 billion, white europeans do not form the majority. Simple numbers makes it more probable that the growth areas are in the lesser developed regions. Europe is a highly developed highly complex market. Yet still its plagued with poor growth and economic stagnation.

The future of EU and the world is in free market economics, low barriers to entry, high service delivery, digital engagement, growth, common language and judicial harmonisation. There is no point in hiding ones light under a bushel; its time to state the facts.  

Common law developed in England. Common law was later inherited by the Commonwealth of Nations, and almost every former colony of the British Empire has adopted it (Malta being an exception)

The English language is the official language and the language of instruction in higher education  of over 50 nations, of which 18 or so are native speaking countries and 27 non-sovereign entities where English was an official language. Many country subdivisions have declared English an official language at the local or regional level

English is the sole official language of the Commonwealth of Nations. English is one of the official languages of the United Nations, the European Union and the International Olympic Committee.

There are an estimated 1.5 billion people in the world who speak English of which only 375 million are native speakers.

This may sound like a bang the drum of Britain article, well it is, because the drum isn't being banged sufficiently in quite the same manner as we are doing so.  The greatest barrier to trade and enterprise is the inability to communicate; if you can communicate effectively then you can do better business.

There are many reasons to look at the future and balk at the thought that as a nation we are in the minority.  We are in the minority; not just in numbers; there isn't a nation on the planet that is the size and population of the UK that has quite the same footprint on the world.  That is not to say that we can rest on our laurels because that will not do.  What it does say is that we should not look to our neighbours for growth and opportunity. The British Empire did not become an empire by relying on its European neighbours. 

We accept that the Empire has its faults; but what it has done for us is that its laid the foundation for greater international trade and opportunities for a greater proportion of the world population than any other nation. That is not to say that other nations have a contribution to make; on the contrary, communication, technology, innovation comes from understanding and if a greater proportion of the world read from the same playbook, play by the same rules, and work together for greater prosperity we all stand to win. 

The greatest threat to humanity is climate change and a global pandemic that no one nation could win alone. Smallpox was irradiated by international cooperation, the CFC ban (Montreal Protocol) was achieved by international cooperation, Avian Flu, SARS, and Ebola are the most recent example of international cooperation.

If we look around us the evidence of cooperation across the world is plain to see; the future is not in raising the draw bridge or restriction of thought from shortsightedness.  The long term future and prosperity of Britain and the world is through a long term view, with long term aims and ambition beyond the horizon not just whats at our front door. 

There is no greater example of looking beyond the horizon and mapping the world than visiting the libraries, museums and galleries that litter London. The concentration of culture, art, media, finance, eduction, opportunity and fairness makes the UK a hub of opportunity because of its diversity, history, language and humanity that gives us a perfect storm of creativity and prosperity that should not be tainted by fear but celebrated and shared. 

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