The Mauritania option, Prime Minister?

Have rather belatedly, stumbled on an interesting article in ‘Medium’ here.

It transpires that Richard Tice, co founder with Arron Banks of Leave EU has apparently said that “WTO rules are what most great countries trade under”. He must know – he’s a property developer.

James Hardy, the writer of the Medium article, decided to try and establish which great countries these were.

The article describes the process of elimination by which he found only one, Mauritania.

He goes on, “For those of you not familiar with Mauritania, its GDP is $4,714million (0.2% of the UK’s), 50% of its exports consist of Iron Ore,” and, I should add, most of the country is the Sahara Desert.

There is even more encouraging news. According to Wikipedia “About 20% of Mauritanians live on less than US$1.25 per day. Mauritania suffers from several human rights issues, including slavery, as at least 4% of the population (155,600 people) are enslaved against their will. Mauritania was the last country to legally abolish slavery; it only became punishable as a criminal act in 2007.”

Clearly this is the Conservative Brexiteers’ wet dream.

And the author later discovered that Mauritania, as a developing country does benefit from some preferential arrangements from certain developed nations (including the EU).

But no deal is so much better than a bad deal, Prime Minister.

Welcome to the WTO. Alone.



  1. Kevin O'Connell -

    Since Mauritania has some preferential arrangements, can we not term WTO alone the Holy See option? As far as I can see the Vatican has no preferential arrangement for its export of dispensations…

    1. Peter May -

      I’m sure we could but some would argue it isn’t a state – never mind the irony when Brexit is so often compared with the reformation!

  2. Sean Danaher -

    Indeed. I saw this about a week ago it’s appalling that are still claiming WTO rules are what all great nations trade by. There was a spokesperson in the BBC radio 4 Today programme I think on Monday this week who was loudly proclaiming this.

    You know who this was written about but very much of this is very applicable today

    His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

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