Forget Brexit – austerity is far worse for the UK economy – the Conversation

In this outstanding article the Conversation argues that beneath the blur of Brexit claim and counterclaim, we seem to have forgotten that there’s a deeper problem preventing economic recovery.

Source: Forget Brexit – austerity is far worse for the UK economy

Personally, I tend to endorse the arguments made in this article. Austerity has been applied for too long and unevenly. Countries like France have been able to ignore the Eurozone’s Fiscal Compact.

My conclusion reading this article is that with a Brexit win, there will be a strong swing to the right and even more austerity. The Brexiteers are not publishing how tough it will be because of the impact on their campaign. 

Perhaps, Brexiteers should be reminded of the deprivations of the years during and after the Second World War?

Thoughts?

 

What would Brexit mean for the UK economy? | World Economic Forum

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English: Official logo of the World Economic Forum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this excellent analysis the WEF explores the question, ‘What will be the economic repercussions if Britain votes to leave the EU?

Source: What would Brexit mean for the UK economy? | World Economic Forum

Reading this article, I am left with two important conclusions.

Firstly, nobody knows whether the economic outcome from Brexit will be ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ (to paraphrase the IMF). It will depend upon future trade negotiations. Most experts feel that these negotiations will be prolonged. I’m a realist, so I lean towards ‘very bad’ as the economic outcome of Brexit.

But the second point is that the Brexit supporters are completely oblivious to economic arguments. They are ready to bury their heads in the sand like ostriches claiming that the numbers don’t make sense. The WEF conclude that the Brexiteers are most interested in regaining control of the UK. The word sovereignty is frequently deployed. Sadly, we live in a highly joined up world.

So I am left with two simple open question:

  1. If Brexiteers are not just Little Englanders,  strong on xenophia, what are their real plans?
  2. Why won’t the Brexit camp reveal costed policies and risk assessments?

Thoughts?