The Best of Brexit
Perhaps the best thing to have come out of Brexit has been the writing. So here is a collection of my personal favourites. There are serious omissions – so feel free to suggest additions in the comments section, the best of which I will add to this list.
Two characteristics of this selection appear very biased. The writers predominantly oppose Brexit. Is this bias? I have sympathy for the principled case for Leave, which is straightforward. There is a conflict between scale and democratic accountability – and the EU may be too big to achieve acceptable levels of legitimacy. Also, the Eurocrisis was a scandal of historic proportions. These considerations play an important part – I think – in two excellent contributions below (from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and Mehreen Khan). If there are well-made, informed, arguments beyond these that I have missed – I will add them.
The second characteristic of this list which appears biased is that my main sources of “information”, other than the House of Lords, is from the Centre of European Reform (and the Financial Times). Again, if I see analysis of equivalent quality from elsewhere, I will happily add to the list. But simply put, I consider the team at the CER to be among a tiny minority who could claim to be “well-informed” – a minority from which I exclude myself.
First, the information we had before the vote, and a sample of the debate:
The Centre for European Reform’s final report from its Brexit commission.
House of Lords, EU Committee report, The process of withdrawing from the European Union.
David Allen Green’s FT Blog on Article 50, and other critical legal issues.
The Telegraph, Reasons you should vote to leave the EU.
The Best of Brexit – before and after (everyone should object to at least one):
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Brexit vote is about the supremacy of Parliament and nothing else.
Frances Coppola, Grieving for lost empire.
Chris Dillow, On the causes of Brexit.
Charles Grant, Why Britain voted leave, if it does.
Charles Grant, How Brexit is changing the EU.
Charles Grant, Europe’s offer to a post-Brexit Britain.
Boris Johnson, There is only one way to get the change we want: vote to leave.
Daniel Kahneman, Voters succumb to impulse, irritation, and anger.
Steve Keen, Time to call time on EU experiment.
Jeffrey Ketland, Elite technocracy v liberal democracy.
Mehreen Khan, I am young, and I voted leave, and there are no regrets.
Paul Krugman, Motivated reasoning.
John Lanchester, Brexit Blues.
Patrick Minford, The economic case for leaving.
Jonathan Portes, The Treasury’s Brexit analysis and immigration.
Jonathan Portes, The hysteria about immigration statistics doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
Ken Rogoff, Democratic failure.
Zadie Smith, Fences.
George Soros, The only winners will be speculators.
Polly Toynbee, Brexit supporters have unleashed furies even they can’t control.
John Van Reenen, The verdict from a derided expert
Simon Wren-Lewis, Osborne’s Folly.
Simon Wren-Lewis, A referendum on taxes?.
Simon Wren-Lewis, A divided nation.
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Regarding comments, please focus on omissions, or thoughts on the articles listed above – we don’t need another blog debating the rights and wrongs …