“The real threat of Brexit is probably not that Britain would be isolated, but rather the creation of an offshore Europe on the shores of the wet, foggy isle. Globalisation and integrated information technology networks have made national borders increasingly irrelevant.
“As the continent continues to isolate itself from the explosive US information technology sector, Britain would find a perfect role as Europe’s gateway to the digital world. One chuckles to think of EU bureaucrats attempting to block financial traffic to Britain across networks routed through Singapore or possibly Tel Aviv.”
Comments by John Kornblum, former US Ambassador to Germany, sparked by events at the 12th Berlin Conference and published in OMFIF Commentary. Read the full article here: Brexit would open world digital gateway
See Lord Owen’s own speech to the conference here: UK and the EU: why Britain may vote for Brexit