Following on from last week’s five suggestions for a decent Brexit here are five more ways we can make out country better.
6. Reform of our immigration system
Much of the dissatisfaction with immigration stems directly from the system we have been shackled to by our EU membership. Obliged to admit every ‘European citizen’, policy makers have instead focussed their efforts at curbing immigration on a comparatively small number of people who very often have more to offer and who usually deserve better. To do this, they’ve employed a system of central planning which was always doomed to fail.
Free of free movement, we can move to a model which chimes with our values. Fair for immigrant and non-immigrant alike, the system CfL is proposing would correct that which the general public believe has gone wrong without generating the type of skills shortages and demographic problems solutions at either end of the scale would.
7. Ending subventions. Inventively.
CfL is realistic. While the dependence on some geographic areas and industries on EU subventions was overplayed by remainers, there can be no sudden sharp shock as we seek to roll back the frontiers of the state that EU imposed.
In moving away from the Common Agricultural Policy we need to be vehement in correcting the injustices heaped upon the developing world by its very existence. We need to be clear in our determination that agriculture is a global market and that tariffs on imports are not acceptable.
We would also do well to emulate New Zealand where the ending of agricultural subsidies has served to make it an agricultural powerhouse, successfully overcoming the blow it was dealt when its main export market – the UK – suddenly jilted it in the 1970s.
8. Exit the Common Fisheries Policy
In what can only be written off as another attempt to get the EU to be nice to us, we’ve decided to give the EU another couple of years to kill off our fishing industry for good.
If independence means anything then it surely not allowing other nations to plunder our natural resources to support industries that are, for the most part, built on that plunder. We need to leave this charade in 2019
9. Legislate for minimal bureaucracy
A simple but effective Act would write into law the principle that no other piece of legislation could place undue burdens on people. It could determine that regulations could not involve, say, more than one point of contact with government and more than an hour’s worth of time per person, per year. In this way government will be tied only to finding solutions that make things quick and efficient for businesses and individuals. And if it can’t be done then it won’t be done. Too bad.
And after all, nothing would underline the vast cultural differences between ourselves and the fussy, authoritarian, cloudy brained mess across the channel than offering the public a degree of clarity in their relationship with the state.
10. Deepen ties with the Anglosphere
Having emerged from our temporary tryst with our slightly alternative neighbours, much the worse for the whole experience, it’s now time to rebuild our relationship with our much-maligned brood.
As family, we share common legal systems, common systems of government, a common tongue and a common heritage ensuring that things are just easier when we’re together.
Because our experiences in the EU may have tamed us and, in the cases of some people, caused us to forget who we are entirely, we have much to learn from the nations we spawned and whose cultures best resemble caricatures of our own.
Whether it’s New Zealand’s belief that subsidies are ‘abhorrent’, Australia’s control of its immigration system or Canada’s firm belief in personal liberty, much about these nations represent the British values that have been denied us by the Euro-statism that has crept into our national discourse over the years.