James O'Brien is Leading Britain's Conversation.
6 August 2017, 18:04
Total sovereignty is not as brilliant as Brexiteers make out, after all, North Korea has total sovereignty and is a "terrible mess", says Vince Cable.
The Liberal Democrat leader spoke to Stig Abell following his article in the Mail on Sunday, which says "nostalgic" hardline Brexit “martyrs”, who view the nation's economy as justification of leaving the EU.
In the colourful interview with the LBC Presenter the MP spoke about his article, and what Brexit could mean for the nation.
He added that a proportion of Brexit voters were moved by the notion of British 'sovereignty'.
Sir Vince Cable said: "If you are part of an economy that is heavily involved in international trade and international investment, of course you are surrendering a degree of sovereignty, that's what being integrated with the world economy means.
"Britain is an open country and that's one of the consequences. Migration is part of that, we do actually exercise a lot of control over migration from outside the European Union and if we were pragmatic we could exercise some degree of control within the European Union.
"I do understand the basic argument, the question is how much are you willing to sacrifice for having fundamental, national control?
"You can have total sovereignty and North Korea is a good example of a country that has complete sovereignty but is a complete mess because of the barriers they've put up."