This is from MapPorn (I know, it’s sad, I cannot manage the real stuff).
It shows the actual major trading import partners of European countries.
The German takeover of European trade, including those countries not in the Euro, is pretty much complete…
This indicates the flimsiness of Brexiters assumption that Britain is such an important market for the Germans that they will feel compelled to offer us a special deal. That looks distinctly doubtful if, in so doing, they might upset their other markets, almost all of whom are EU members.The map certainly simplifies a view of trade but (on the lines of £350m for the NHS) such simple graphics should indicate to Brexiters the complete folly of their arguments.
It is interesting, too, that smaller countries and populations tend to trade imports predominantly with their neighbours – thus Portugal with Spain, Ireland with Britain, Belgium with France and Tunisia with France and even Ukraine with Russia. This is heavy evidence of the ‘gravity’ theory of trade – otherwise known as double the distance and halve the trade.
This is why, even with the Commonwealth conference currently in the UK, ‘global Britain’ is a sentiment from the nineteenth century rather than a realistic aspirational achievement for the twentyfirst.