This blog is already on record supporting the accession of Jamaica to the United Kingdom in lieu of reparations for slavery. Sadly, that does not seem to be in the cards.
But should the United Kingdom decide to secede from the European Union, then an obvious opportunity presents itself: once Scotland goes its merry way, join Canada! No worries about American gun laws or presidentialism, surely the NHS can be integrated into the Canada Health Act. The Act, in fact, already allows provinces to opt out, although doing so would place an undue burden on the taxpayers of the provinces of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Call them the PEWNI, pronounced as spelled.)
Someone should calculate the fiscal burdens! I am not sure what they would be, but a back-of-the-envelop calculation should be pretty easy. First, figure out what teh PEWNI would pay into the federal fisc. Then assume it cuts provincial taxes by the same amount. Use that figure to calculate the transfer payments it would be due under equalization and add an estimate of its social and health transfer receipts. (Canadian federalism is so simple compared to its American counterpart!) Voila!
For additional benefit, calculate savings from economies of scale. I mean, come on, you could generate massive savings from combining the two militaries alone!
Now think of the benefits for the PEWNI! First, your home market just grew by 36 million people! Yes, that is a lot less than the population of the European Union, but the economic union will be a lot closer. Second, you are now in NAFTA! No new negotiations, no wrestling with Congress, just poof, you’re in. , Third, you get into the Canada-E.U. trade agreement, also with no need to negotiate. Finally, you get to keep your own flags and adopt a very cool national banner!
But won’t the English take over the Canadian Confederation? They will have more than half the population of the expanded country!
As it turns out, no. The drafters of the Canadian constitution were wise. First, no province can have fewer MPs than it has senators. Second, no province can have fewer seats than it had in 1985. Third, no province can lose more than 15% of its seats in any given redistribution. Add those together, and the Province of England will have only 36% of the seats in an expanded 543-seat House of Commons, no more than Ontario has today!
Obviously, England will get 24 senators, same as Quebec. Or less. What the hell. Less.
So all good! England, you should jump at this.
As for Canada, well, there are myriad multiple many benefits. Since those benefits are so obvious, I am sure that readers will be happy to list them in the very long comment thread that I expect to follow.