Britain can save Europe again today by voting Leave

Britain can save Europe again today by voting Leave, by Tomaž Slivnik.

I still remember the days when Slovenia was a part of Yugoslavia: an over-regulated, corrupt federal state consisting of numerous different constitutent states with different cultures, different languages, different national characters. Slovenia, having previously been a part of the Austrian part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was culturally Northern European, Croatia, having been a part of the Hungarian part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was somewhere in the middle, while the rest had mostly been under Ottoman control and were culturally Southern European or perhaps Middle Eastern. …

Slovenia, the most Western member state, had the most productive economy and everyone else in the union was living at our expense. …

Hyperinflation, economic collapse and bankruptcy followed. The economic drag became too much and Slovenia had no option but to leave the union. Others tried to stop it – who wouldn’t try to bully and force a milch cow into staying? But in a referendum in 1990, Slovenes defied the bullying and voted to leave with an overwhelming majority. …

The Slovene economy, free of its shackles and parasites, soon blossomed. Yugoslavia fell apart, more painfully still – but – having to become self-reliant and unable to feed off another, so blossomed the economies of the other former Yugoslavian republics. Everyone became more prosperous, freer and happier, and visibly so. …

While Slovenia was a part of Yugoslavia, there were massive internal tensions between its constituent nations. … But now that every nation is free and sovereign, all the former Yugoslavian nations are the best of friends and trade between them prospers like it never did before. “Brotherhood and unity” used to be a false and hated cliche, now it is almost reality. …

By spending five decades in Yugoslavia, Slovenia lost a major part of its national identity and acquired many of the bad habits of its neighbours. Corruption, poor and unreliable business culture, previously unknown, were now rampant. The rule of law was previously followed in a Northern and now in a Southern European fashion. In my opinion, Slovenia would have been much better off had it left the union much sooner. …

The one clear difference between Slovenia’s situation then and Britain’s situation today is that Slovenia never had the option of leaving while there was no federal army. It is always better to leave before they have their troops on your soil. If you wait until they do and try to leave then, there will be war and there will be dead bodies.

hat-tip Chris