Brexit matters, with the post-Brexit UK becoming more relevant than ever to America and global geopolitics. This is the timely reminder and acute observation shared by former British Minister of State Lord David Frost, Britain’s chief negotiator for leaving the European Union.
In his recent thought-provoking speech to the Heritage Foundation, Frost stressed that Brexit “was fundamentally about democracy – the determination that, as far as possible, decisions which affect Britain should be made in Britain” , through a referendum aimed at reshaping “democracy”. Nation-state, with all the freedoms, opportunities and challenges that come with it.
He further noted,
This is also why its importance is important beyond our borders and why it should be particularly important here for our friends and allies in the United States – at least for those of you who still believe in the special role of the United States – United as the leader of the West. Brexit is – or should be – the first sign of a potential boost in self-confidence in the West. It’s not a step back, it’s a step forward. It is the renewal of the formula that has made the West successful: democratic states deciding their own affairs internally and jointly defending their security against external enemies.
Frost engineered Britain’s exit from the European Union against all odds and brokered the Trade and Cooperation Agreement in 2020 which established Britain’s new relationship with the EU and its member states .
Reflecting on the political and economic situation in Britain two years after the country’s exit from the EU, he also explained how Conservative politics must develop in Britain if the opportunities of Brexit are to be fully exploited. Equally important, he spoke about Britain’s global role, including how it should position itself in the face of continued challenges from China.
Brexited Global Britain deserves to be, and should become, a more vibrant business hub, because expanding trade and investment is not just about opening up the market, although that remains crucial. Trade and investment are also aided by a strong rule of law, effective regulatory efficiency and small size of government – areas where Britain fares far better than many of its European regional competitors.
Indeed, there will be many opportunities for greater economic freedom in the post-Brexit UK economy. Freed from the constraints of European bureaucracy, the UK economy could register substantial improvements in key policy areas such as freedom of enterprise and freedom to trade.
From a broader foreign policy perspective, the record of a post-Brexit UK on defense and foreign policy – the area in which many Brexit skeptics have argued the UK would have hardest to make a difference – Frost reminds us “is in fact arguably the most positive, the area where new direction has been most clearly marked.
It is equally important to remember that the American-British partnership must be the beating heart of the free world. It is in the obvious interest of Washington and London, especially in light of Vladimir Putin’s Russian invasion of Ukraine, to work together and further strengthen the special relationship between two of the free market democracies. for a long time in the world. These include moving forward quickly with a historic bilateral trade agreement that will not only facilitate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but also bolster investment and job creation on both sides of the world. ‘Atlantic.
As argued by The Heritage Foundation, an Anglo-American trade and investment agreement will be a force generator for increased economic growth and prosperity and will play a key role in reinvigorating the global free trade agenda. This is a unique opportunity that the United States and Britain must seize to reinvigorate and modernize the engines of growth in the private sectors on both sides of the Atlantic.
In concluding his speech entitled “Last exit to freedom? Britain after Brexit and the future of Conservative politics,” Frost carefully observed the current political landscapes of America and Britain, pointing out,
The attachment of many Americans to free markets, growth, the West and freedom is still remarkably, and reassuringly, strong. In Britain, too, many people have a deep sense that something is wrong, but don’t know why. They still believe in the strength of Western society and are ready to get back on track, even, I believe, at some cost to themselves. It is the job of Conservative politicians to strengthen this group, expand it and offer its members hope that things can change for the better.
Indeed, 2022 is the year to act on this important work of implementing even more conservative, liberal and freedom-friendly solutions and to build on the unprecedented successes that our two nations have long enjoyed.
This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal