From Brexit To Trade War
Credits: Louise Mensch, Bill Maher, Ari Melber
On a recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Brexit was discussed and a clear misunderstanding of what free trade really is was laid bare.Bill Maher :
So you're for a trade war?Louise Mensch:
I think he's factually wrong to be honest with you. Brexit was actually about free trade outside of the European Union with the rest of the world. To give you one example, the EU puts tariffs on sugar and chocolate coming from third world countries in order to favour France. That's protectionism, that's tariffs. I hear Trump talking about protectionism and Bernie Sanders talking about protectionism and I can't tell the difference.Ari Melber :
The problem with Brexit is that it was sold as being for the poor and there's no evidence it will help them. You had bus ads saying you're gonna put this money into health care, an intriguing idea, but as you know the advocates then the day after the vote said we weren't serious about that.Louise Mensch:
No they didn't say that at all, they did not say that at all. Ari Melber :
Are they gonna put money into the health care system?Louise Mensch:
Yes, a hundred million dollars, we're gonna put into the health care system. And the ads were absolutely true, and again we've had the media elites saying workers shouldn't do this and the fact is it wasn't Conservatives that took us out of the EU it was working people. Wales voted to leave the EU, the north of England, etc.Bill Maher :
Doesn't mean they are right, I'm just asking you. It seems like people on both sides of the pond and in both parties are looking at global trade as the root of all evil. I mean Donald Trump this week was talking about how Bernie Sanders, I don't agree with him on a lot of things, but he gets the economy...Louise Mensch:
Brexit isn't anti-globalization like you say at all. It's pro-global trade and pro-free trade.
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