Don’t be fooled by Eurosceptic ‘libertarians’…
…as they are just xenophobes.
This applies aptly to the Tory right and UKIP. Some might be theoretically libertarians but by calling for a withdrawal from the EU they cannot call themselves libertarians in practice.
The EU guarantees free trade, the basis for a free market, across member states. Freedom of movement for goods, capital and, most importantly, people.
Any renegotiation of Britain’s membership would precede the removal of these important contributing factors to the British economy. Britain would become an isolated island with an increasingly discriminatory immigration system.
The EU is not perfect. Any one who says otherwise is deluded. However, it does lay an important foundation for the liberalisation of a global economy. The future of make-up of the world economy will likely be based on political and economic blocs – like the EU is. Like the USA technically is.
Once this shift has occurred free trade can take place between the blocs. It won’t happen in for a long time, but it will happen based on ongoing political and economic trends of co-operation at a supra-national level.
The right wing wish to prohibit this trend. A protectionist measure in the name of freedom.