What the U.S. Media Get Totally Wrong About Brexit: Daniel Hannan

One of Brexit's architects says leaving the EU is a victory for free trade and decentralization and warns that a Corbyn victory will destroy the U.K.'s future.


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On December 12, voters in the United Kingdom head to the polls for a general election that will decide the fate of Brexit, the long-delayed British withdrawal from the European Union.

To understand the stakes of the election—which will result in the Conservative Party's Boris Johnson or Labour's Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister—Reason's Nick Gillespie sat down with Daniel Hannan, a Conservative member of the European Parliament, one of the leading architects of Brexit. He is also the author of books such as The New Road To Serfdom and Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World

In a wide-ranging conversation, Hannan explains why British libertarians voted overwhelmingly in favor of Brexit, the urgency of honoring the results of the 2016 referendum in which 52 percent of voters called for leave, and why he believes Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister will set the U.K. on the path to a Venezuelan-style nightmare of neo-socialism.

Edited by Paul Detrick and Meredith Bragg.

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