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TTIP and the EU

I think I ought to clear something up today: It was wrong of me to brand every outist a xenophobe, and to get so furious at everyone who voted to leave the EU. Fifty-two percent of the country - or at least those who voted - cannot be racist; I know that. They had other reasons for voting as they did - legitimate, left-wing reasons, such as trying to avoid TTIP. I did a bit of research about that yesterday, and now understand why so many people found the EU so repugnant: it was hurtling towards a trade deal which would have foisted the most sickening form of capitalism upon us. Under those terms, of course we had to leave.

Yet the thing is, there are one or two niggles I have with that. I had previously thought that the reason business people were so keen to leave the EU was that it's rules and regulations were getting in their way. Yet under TTIP, the free market would reign; why weren't the tories embracing it then? If the EU was heading in tht direction, surely people who are so keen on neoliberalism and business outranking the state would welcome it with open arms. Another issue I have is, while we may have evaded it for now, there is still a possibility TTIP could be foisted upon us. Left-leaning outits might say that it is much harder now, but, as pointed out here, conversely, outside of the unified block of the EU, we might not now have the power to prevent it. The paradox is, we needed to stay part of the EU in order to block the trade deal it was forcing upon us.

That remains to be seen, though. My point is, I understand a little better now why so many well meaning people voted to leave the EU. I hadn't realised it was so bent on such a sick form of capitalism. Yet I still feel that, these days, humanity should be uniting, not cutting ourselves off inside our nation-states, and pulling up drawbridges to international organisations. The EU had huge faults, but I fear that, in withdrawing from it, we might have played straight into the hands of the type of people eager to see TTIP instated.


[Edited 27/08/2016 at 12:09:13 - added a bit]
[Edited 27/08/2016 at 15:12:03 - minor correction]

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