A Pro-Brexit campaigner hands out leaflets at Liverpool Street station in London, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. With less than three months to go until a June 23 referendum, Britain's anti-EU campaigners are bitterly divided, with two rival camps battling over which will be the standard-bearer in the campaign, and over how to win the historic vote. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Yes to the Brexit. No to the EU.

I’m not British, but if I were British I’d be voting in favor of the Brexit.

I spent a lot of time in England growing up. My sister went to school in Thorpe. We spent lots of time in Sussex, Surrey, and Petersfield. My family still has lots of friends there. I delighted, a few years ago, in taking my wife to London and showing her around. We went to Oxford where I spoke in a debate at the Oxford Union. The conservatives won the issue.

Britain has, over generations, assimilated the best of its empire into itself. The national dish is curry, for example. London and surrounding parts are filled with immigrants from the commonwealth, but the country is finding assimilation more and more difficult. From my vantage point, being a part of the EU, with its ridiculous immigration policies, has made assimilation more and more difficult and it threatens to undermine what it even means to be British.

Likewise, Europe is essentially a super state run by unelected bureaucrats. They are regulating Britain’s businesses out of existence and have a 1950’s economic model where everyone should be employed by major corporations who can provide lavish pensions. The EU bureaucracy is unfit for the 21st century and is France and Germany’s outmoded vision of a utopian future.

Britain is better without the shackles of Europe. The wolves have literally returned to German villages as that nation dies off and the figurative wolves would devour Great Britain. A leftwing culture in Europe wants to shame people for pride in their own country, but Britain has every reason to be proud of itself. It has kept the pound out of the euro, it has thrived while other Western European powers have died, and its parliamentary system remains vastly more stable than much of Europe’s.

Britain should not pay the cost of subsidizing Italian and Greek kleptocracies, nor should Britain share the burden of the German-French blunders in foreign and economic policy.

Were I British, I’d fully support the Brexit and I hope the British voters do too. Britain united and free is a vastly greater Britain than Britain anchored to the crumbling failures of the continent.

That the opponents of the Brexit have nothing to sell for staying in the EU and have made their entire case based on fear of exit should tell the British public everything they need to know. There is no case to be made for staying in the EU. Even supporters of staying are not making that case. Better to dare and depart than stay and stagnate.

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