President Trump’s call to ‘build a wall’ might be facing opposition in the US and criticism from liberals across the world, but support for isolationism is all the rage in London.
Terrified by the prospect of leaving the European Union, Labour MP David Lammy, the Baron of Brexit Bashing, has suggested that London should sever ties with the rest of the UK. In an article for the Evening Standard, he said ‘the case for a London city-state has never been stronger’. He failed to elaborate on the minutiae of his proposal. Presumably the plan is to construct a giant wall around the M25 and make Mexico pay for it.
Some people are backing Lammy’s idea, such as Labour’s Lord Livermore. A petition for an independent London suggests the city-state could be linked to an independent Scotland, if one were to come about. Whether these two entities would be connected by an underground tunnel or by other means isn’t made clear – although I’m sure they could be linked by hot air.
In a nutshell, Lammy is worried that once Britain leaves the EU, London will be plunged into economic apocalypse. But given that ‘London’s economy is double the size of Scotland’s’, he reckons that if London abandoned the rest of Britain and stayed in the EU, it could prosper.
The case for ‘Londependence’ seems shaky even when assessed on these grounds. Since Britons voted to leave the EU, Apple, Nissan and Google have all confirmed their intention to extend operations here. And despite the constant Brexit-bashing from ardent Remainers, the FTSE 100 closed at an all-time high last week.