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Brexit: Why I'm voting to leave the European Union

Edward Chancellor
As a flotilla of fishing vessels on the River Thames arrive outside the Houses of Parliament, protesters gather to cheer them on as part of the Vote Leave Campaign, to make the case for Brexit in the EU Referendum on June 15th in London, United Kingdom.
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On June 23, Britain votes on whether to remain in the European Union. Being out of the country on that date, I applied for a postal vote. I have marked my ballot paper, with a certain trepidation, in favor of leaving the EU, or Brexit. At first I worried this vote conflicted with my cosmopolitan leanings. On reflection I decided that by rejecting the EU I showed greater fellow feeling for the citizens of Europe, and was more faithful to the continent's highest ideals than those who wish to remain.

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Legions of economists, policymakers and political grandees from around the world have warned of the economic threat of Brexit. These voices lack credibility. None of the Remain economists, to my knowledge, anticipated the global financial crisis. The UK Treasury claims that British incomes will be lower for years after leaving the EU. The same Treasury, however, has consistently had problems forecasting next year's UK GDP. Not long ago, many politicians and business people argued that Britain would miss out if we didn't join the European single currency. We now know that the real calamity would have been joining the euro.