Just how wrong is the Brexiteer view of an anti-market EU?
Professor of political science Craig Parsons & recent UO PhD graduate Benedikt Springer co-authored an article in the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Brexit blog regarding Brexiteers characterizations of the European Union.
Just how wrong is the Brexiteer view of an anti-market EU? Ask Canada or Australia
“Brexiteers have frequently characterized the EU as a regulatory nightmare that impedes Britain’s traditional commitment to global openness and free trade. Well-informed observers generally know this is implausible—the EU is built around deep “single market” liberalisation, and promotes free-trade deals worldwide—but even experts rarely realize just how much the EU stands out for cross-border openness. In many ways, the Single Market now has fewer interstate barriers than the national markets of Canada, Australia, or the United States.”
Benedikt Springer is a recent Department of Political Science PhD graduate. He is currently a Policy Analyst at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries as well as a Hatfield Resident Fellow in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.