Well, we get control back of our agriculture, fishing and other policies; we can negotiate our own trade deals with non-EU countries without them being held hostage by 27 other states; we won't get sucked into the Euro disaster area and we'll be able to vote out the people who make the rules when they screw up. Apart from that, nothing much good at all.Rxke wrote:Wow, creek, paddle... There's no way to get anything good out of this, no? Not for the remain or the exit people...The best outcome the UK can hope for now is speedy entry into the European Economic Area - where we have to pay the EU membership fees, accept free movement of EU citizens, and accept all EU regulations without getting to vote on what those regulations say.
Or am I missing something? Is the UK a net exporter of something that will make you rich maybe? How much oil do you have? Is the Commonwealth still a significant 'thing?' (I'm really clueless about this)
As for the Commonwealth, Canada, Australia and New Zealand might be up for one of those free trade deals, and Africa has been screwed over by the EU's (and others) protectionist trade policies for decades, so a free trade policy there could be huge, for them and for us.
Why would that be in their interests? Unless, say, the EU was really awful and they needed to resort to threats to keep you in?Disembodied wrote:it's in the interest of the EU to demonstrate that leaving the EU results in economic pain and hardship