Re: "bring the EU into line with US, Canada and Australia."
Of that 3, the only one that does not cause me to shudder is Canada. I just feel sorry for them because of their very dodgy southern neighbour.
For the last 70 years or so, the USA has undermined democracies all over the world and now is so in the power of big money that their Regressives (aka Republicans) can push a sub-literate ****hole for their top government job and thousands think he is the man for it.
Australia has opted to leave the commune of civilised nations by sticking all refugees and migrants in a prison camp in another country rather than learn that refugees and migrants are very different.
No, I do not want to be associated with either of those 2 countries that bring shame upon the very concept of democracy. Canada has been doing what it was told. Can they afford to stop now?