Rep. Ramos Comments On United Kingdom's Decision To Leave The EU
Lawmaker says "Brexit" vote outcome will have far-reaching global impact on trade
June 24, 2016
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State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today issued the following statement expressing his concern regarding the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the European Union and its potentially harmful global political impact:

“I rarely speak about international issues in my official capacity, as I am a state official. However, in this case, I believe that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will have far-reaching ripple effects around the world, including here in Ohio. The entire United Kingdom is dependent upon trade and free movement within the EU – no more than in Northern Ireland, which is inextricably tied to the Republic of Ireland economically, culturally and historically. Movement across the border has benefited the six counties of Northern Ireland, as well as the Republic of Ireland, economically and – most importantly – by reducing violence. 

“I have no doubt that this vote will reignite the Scottish Independence Movement, which I believe will move quickly to Northern Ireland through independence, reunification, or some sort of United Celtic Republic with Scotland – ultimately with the goal of both states reentering the European Union. This further shifts the power base in the EU itself, with a more dominant role for pro-austerity Germany. 

“Consequentially for the U.S., the exit has the ability to weaken Europe as a whole, which could weaken the entire West economically. Our current economic model is based largely on competition and private enterprise, which works well when trading with like-minded partners that uphold environmental regulations and pay a living wage. I believe that the EU is one of the best trust-busters in the world. If the EU is weakened, then nations will have fewer goods to trade and more competition from autocratic state-sponsored industries elsewhere – many of which are already purposely undercutting our countries’ industrialization efforts and harming our ability to maintain our industrial base. 

“Simply put, this separation has the real potential to throw our own fragile economic recovery into chaos. Politics should never be put before people, and I fear that this decision will have an extreme impact on how countries continue to do business with one another.”

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