January 19, 2012
Daniel Hannan’s argument that Britain should leave the European Union and seek to emulate Switzerland in its relations with the EU (read it here) relies on two assumptions, neither of which I think is true. The first assumption is about the EU, the second is about Britain.
The EU assumption is that it would be willing to see Britain emulate the position of Switzerland. The Swiss advantage, as Daniel Hannan sees it, is that it has access to the European single market, the largest and richest consumer market in the world, without having to comply with all the regulations that apply there. The British economy is being harmed by the excessive scope of EU regulation, say the eurosceptics, and the Swiss option is a way to reduce it.
But this strategy relies on the EU agreeing, and there are good reasons to doubt that it will.
Switzerland has a much […]