are not good losers. They resort to any manœuvre to ensure that they prevail.
is by no means a certainty.
But just say that Britain were able to effect the departure from the European Union that most of its citizens want. In that case,
the EU’s hopes for survival would rest on catastrophe for Britain. If it were able to prosper outside the Union, or maintain its level, the value of the Union would be called into question by the peoples of Europe even more than it is today.
to suffer for their impertinence,
as Admiral Byng was shot pour encourager les autres. This could not be done
without causing harm to European companies that do a lot of trade with Britain; but when it comes to the EU, politics overrides economics. If it did not, the common currency would not have been created, for there was little justification for its creation; to the contrary, there were many obvious disadvantages for most member countries.
is a political rather than an economic one. A prosperous economy is only desired insofar as it is necessary to produce a strong and powerful polity. The aim of the EU is not peace but power. The driving force of the Union and its so-called project (never spelt out) is megalomania.
The wishes of Europe’s people not only must not be followed,
but should be neither consulted nor even known. This contempt for the opinions of the ruled was inherent in the European ‘project’ from its inception, its founders believing in the incapacity of populations to know what was in their best interest, and that a cadre of the enlightened knew their interest better than they.
should be appearance rather than reality,
that the masses might believe
they are ruled by consent. Any pretence of such oversight must not be allowed to interfere with the serious business of benevolent, wise, but bureaucratic or technocratic control of society. Politics is to be abolished in favour of administration: the dream of every utopian from Plato to Marx and anarchists of every stripe.
But Dalrymple notes that
riding roughshod over a population’s opinions and sentiments in the name of a supposedly superior rationality is not a very wise policy.