by Jonathan Freedland
"Besides the map, there is the clock. Today’s world is very different from the 17th and 18th centuries, when the notion of state sovereignty first took root. National independence is more abstract, less absolute in the age of international interdependence. Britain can no more be sovereign alone in the face of global terror, mass migration or climate change than Canute could be master of the waves. Now the world awards strength to those who combine their muscle. Even the mighty US, spanning a continent, cannot get all it wants alone.
The Financial Times’s Philip Stephens wrote this week that “the castaway alone on a desert island may be sovereign over all she or he surveys”, but is also “impotent”. A vote to leave the EU would certainly give an instant sugar rush that would feel a lot like an assertion of sovereignty. But a sovereign nation understands that to share what it has in order to get more can be not an act of weakness – but of great strength."