Roger Helmer, a British conservative member of the European Parliament currently ostracised from his group for being too pro-British, has analyzed EU trade relations in the latest issue of the European Journal (not online yet, sadly). His finding, which will profoundly shock Corner readers, is that the EU is biased against the Anglosphere. For instance:
Currently the EU has Free Trade Associations (FTAs) in place with some 12 countries, and is negotiating FTAs with some 100 countries more. However, the EU does not have any form of preferential trade agreement in place or under negotiation with the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore, Britain’s natural English-speaking trade allies.
Roger points out that, of Britain’s exports, 21 percent of goods and 31 percent of services go to those six destinations. The rest of the EU sends only 10 percent of its trade that way. Continental Europe and the UK plainly have different priorities, but Britain continues to suffer because of the ahistorical delusion that it needs to be a European country.