Rev. Ben Johnson

Rev. Ben Johnson is Senior Editor at the Acton Institute.

Posts by Rev. Ben Johnson

Brexit begins an era of free trade and innovation: Theresa May

With the delivery of Theresa May’s letter this afternoon, Brexit has begun. The communique – which Sir Tim Barrow personally handed European Council President Donald Tusk – expresses her desire to replace the EU with “deep and special partnership,” or as she said in this afternoon’s speech to Parliament, “a partnership of values.” However, as we have documented, the notion of transatlantic values can stand for anything from religious tolerance to the social welfare state. Continue Reading...

Has Brexit ended bank-bashing?

In 2012, François Hollande ran for president of France by saying, “My true enemy … is the world of finance.” This month, the Socialist’s former economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, maintained his lead in the race to succeed Hollande by highlighting his work as an investment banker for Rothschild & Co. Continue Reading...

Explainer: What’s the difference between a free trade union and a customs union?

On Monday, Great Britain stood poised to enact Brexit with Her Majesty’s blessing. UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that her government would send the letter officially triggering the UK’s exit from the European Union, in accordance with Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, on March 29 – more than nine months after the British people voted to extract themselves from the global governance institution. Continue Reading...

The morality of Brexit

(Photo credit: Bankenverband. Public domain.) As a setback in the House of Lords leaves the UK debating how best to accomplish its departure from the European Union, perhaps the most neglected question is the moral one. Continue Reading...