Brexit Supporters Say ‘Free at Last’ as Britain Leaves the EU

John Fund, National Review

Despite the celebratory mood among Brexit enthusiasts last Friday, many acknowledged that much work remains to be done. A new free-trade agreement will have to be concluded between Britain and the EU before year’s end, and a bilateral pact between the U.S. and Britain will no doubt see President Trump drive a hard bargain. Andrew Roberts recently told the Wall Street Journal that he worries that his friend Boris will pursue politics that include “high social spending and intervention in the economy” in order to hold the Labour-party strongholds captured by surprise by the Conservatives in the last election. But for now, Britain has a chance for a fresh start to forge a new relationship with the world.

The World Has Secessionist Fever

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If the secessionism epidemic is to someday expire, then its causes will have to be addressed. And what are they? Secessionism appears rooted principally in issues of national identity — ethnicity, religion, race, language, culture and “the mystic chords of memory”. As more and more people identify themselves by who they are, and are not, secessions of people from each other will continue. These are not inconsequential matters. In 1939, the question of whether 300,000 Germans in a Polish-controlled city, Danzig, should be restored to German rule led to the worst war in the history of the world. In June 1945, the U.N. had 50 members. It begins 2020 with 193.

Will the Democrats Answer Their UK Wake-Up Call?

David Catron, The American Spectator

Will Britain's example awake the Democrats to the reality that they are on the wrong side of history?It’s the same problem we have here, an arrogant leftwing ruling class ensconced in the seat of government, determined to wield power in any way they see fit, regardless of how the people vote. This, combined with their insufferable wokeness, allows them to believe they are superior to and therefore justified in ignoring the electorate. Whether it is resistance to Brexit in London or to Trump in Washington, the only way to control them is to give them the boot at the ballot box. The Democrats will never answer their UK wake-up call. They won’t even hear it.

Let Them Howl, Boris!

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

What motivates the world's democratic protesters and what propels the rise and welcome reception of the autocrats, the men of action, is not all that dissimilar. It is impatience, a sense that the regime is out of touch, that it does not reflect or respond to what people want, that it is torpid and cannot act decisively, that it does not “get things done,” that it is tedious and boring. Part of Trump’s appeal to his base is that people sense he feels exactly as they do. And they readily understand why he would not want to sit down at a G-7 gathering and gas endlessly about climate change.

Who will answer when a nation calls for greatness

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Britons were told that unemployment would scourge the land, the economy would collapse, there would be no medicine to assuage the pain of disease, fresh food would disappear from grocery shelves, and neither fish nor chips would survive a vote to leave Europe. In the event, Britain soon enjoyed the highest employment in nearly 50 years, the economy grew even faster than in Germany, the strongest economy on the planet. All against the scorn of the little men in Brussels. Now Britain is looking for new leadership, for optimists, not pessimists. Perhaps someone in a new generation will be raised to greatness. It may seem unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

Has the Day of the Nationalists Come?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If one could identify a cry common to populists, it might be: "We want our country back!" Whatever may be said of populists and nationalists, they are people of the heart. They love their countries. They cherish the cultures in which they grew up. They want to retain their own unique national identities. What is wrong with that? Patriotism is central to nationalist and populist movements. Globalism is alien to them. They believe in De Gaulle's Europe of nation-states "from the Atlantic to the Urals," not in the abstract Europe of Jean Monnet, and surely not in the Brussels bureaucracy of today.

Time runs out on the exit from Europe

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Everything Theresa May has done in mismanaging Britain’s exit from the European Union has turned to ashes. The latest public-opinion polls show her racing toward her greatest political disaster ever. An Opinium poll, published in the London Observer, shows the six-week-old Brexit Party defeating the Conservatives in a prospective general election. The Brexit Party is the brainchild of Nigel Farage, who led the referendum by which British voters said it was time to get out while the getting is good. The elites, like the elites in America, were stunned and have not yet come to terms with reality.

When Democracy Fails to Deliver

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Establishments have agendas they do not regard as subject to electoral repudiation or repeal. Defeated, they use their non-electoral powers to prevent unwanted policies from ever being implemented. Call it limited democracy. The left's power over America's character- and culture-forming institutions remains overwhelming. People who see the policies they have voted for rejected again and again, by the very elites they defeated, will inevitably turn to other means to preserve what they have.

Brexit's in trouble. The US can help

Editors, Washington Examiner

With our national interest in mind, President Trump ought to energize his administration toward aiding the process of Britain's exit from the EU — a process that is presently in trouble. We should redouble our efforts toward a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement. The expressed support of the world’s largest economy to Britain would signal to other nations that they should have confidence in Britain’s future. Alongside boosting British stability, a new trade deal would also offer improved American access to a high-value economy. Time is running out to reach a good Brexit deal, but Trump has means of salvaging something good.

There's life in Old Blighty yet

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The prime minister pushes the argument that a clean break with the Europeans will bring down harm, confusion, ruin, disaster and national heartbreak. Big business, which always makes arrangements with bureaucracies and once in place wants them left undisturbed. Airbus and BMW warn they might not keep factories in Britain; Land Rover threatens, more or less, to suspend $100 billion in planned investments. But this is much like the mayor who threatens to close the orphanage if the City Council cuts anything out of his budget. Old Blighty will survive European threats and mischief. It always has.

German Voters Shake Up the Elites

John Fund, National Review

For the same reason you had Labour-party voters going for Brexit and Obama voters abandoning Hillary, politics in Western countries is increasingly not about Left v. Right but about Ins v. Outs. If you are part of the elite, you have likely backed policies that the working class thinks hurt them.

Great Britain’s Theresa May Could Lose Election To Hubris and Labor’s Jeremy Corbyn

A week to go until the British election. The bookies still expect a Conservative victory, though with a smaller majority than once predicted.

Is a Populist Christian Movement Needed to Renew the Faith?

Just as millions of American voters picked up copies of the Constitution and began to ask out of touch elite politicians “where does it say you can do that,” we Christians should pick up our Bibles and ask out of touch elite church leaders, “where does it say same-sex marriage and transgenderism are OK”, and “where does the Bible endorse the heresy that claims God and Allah are the same”?

As Polls Tighten, There’s Panic in the Clinton Camp

Michael Barone, National Review

Polls still show Clinton ahead — but by margins similar to the British polls showing Brexit losing and smaller than those in 2015 polls showing Conservatives wouldn’t win a majority in Parliament. Those elections came out the other way. So maybe we’re in my pretend world. If so, a Clinton loss would validate my old rule that nothing is free in politics; there is just some question about when you pay the price.

A Brexit Revote: Just How Democratic Do We Want to Be?

Doug Bandow, CNS News

Britain’s Brexit vote may have killed the Eurocrats’ campaign to build a superstate by stealth. The reaction against that vote in the UK may help spark a global rethink of the rules over how to make radical policy and political changes. Now, in between controversial polls, is a good time to act. Just how democratic do we want to be?

Brexit was a Win for the Good Guys

The Brexiteers deserve at least a couple hurrahs. The European Union created a common economic market throughout the continent, an undoubted good, but since then has focused on becoming a meddling Leviathan like that in Washington, D.C. In the Brexit the good guys won.

Why Brexit Signals a Trump Victory

Edward J. Rollins, Real Clear Politics

The people now saying Brexit has little relevance to U.S. politics are the same people who thought that the United Kingdom would never possibly leave the European Union in the first place. The fact of the matter is that what just happened in the Brexit is the same thing that’s happening here in America.

Brexit Was Sparked by Rape and Crime

Ben Stein, The American Spectator

“The Battle of Brexit, Britain, and Brussels was lost by Europe on the playing fields and in the alleys and immigrant housing of the British town of Rotherham.” There, over a period of twenty years, over 1,000 British girls were assaulted, raped, held captive, gang raped by Muslim immigrants to the UK, especially from Middle Eastern countries and Pakistan. It was a stupendous scandal, apparently duplicated all over Britain on a greater or lesser scale.

Brexit Stirs Up Secession Movements in Texas, California

Joe Crowe, NewsMax

"We're looking across the Atlantic and witnessing what to many is this surprising Euroskeptic movement," Texas Nationalist Movement leader Daniel Miller said. "What's the most surprising is now the rearing of its head of the Ameroskeptic movement, or the federal skeptic movement." 

After Brexit, Nationalism and Trump Rising

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

In Europe and America, corporate, financial, and political elites are increasingly disrespected and transnationalism is receding. An anti-establishment, nationalist, populist wave is surging across Europe and the USA. It is an anti-insider, anti-Clinton wave, and Trump could ride it to victory.