How does one head for the exit?
Would it really be that simple?
Could we remain in the Single Market if not in the EU?
Is there any way round that?
Why not quit the Single Market?
So is the WTO option a non-starter?
Why will services prove especially problematic?
So can we be confident that Brexit will cost us?
Going it alone: the great unravelling
I would add a further point relating to the free movement of people. Who would you rather have contributing to the British economy... People who want to work as hard as they can, for as little as we need to pay them, or people who want to work as little as they can for as much as they can get from their employers?
And a point regarding us being 'controlled by unelected Eurocrats'. Sometimes they're described as 'corrupt', although I don't believe anyone has ever personally made large amounts of money out of their EU responsibilities. I agree accountability is a concern, but we don't elect our own judiciary or any of our own civil servants. The UK itself is controlled by legions of unelected bureaucrats appointed by the system and not by our elected representatives. If the EU is corrupt, so is the UK - and it seems to work here, so why not there? Aren't every one of the 28 members equally concerned about the potential for corruption? Do the Germans trust the Italian Eurocrats, or the Poles the Spanish? We've only got one elected body making sure, as best they can, that everything runs as it should do. Eurocrats are being watched by 28 governments to a greater or lesser extent. The potential for individuals to bend the rules to suit personal agendas rather than according to EU law and procedure is presumably less than it might be here in the UK or in any single member state. Collaborating in an environment where there's no innate trust is surely a better policed system than our own old boys clubs of judges and mandarins.
We are also regaled by Leavers with the figure of £350m per week that we'd save (to spend on the NHS etc). David Smith of the Sunday Times calculated last week that the real figure was nearer £110m after taking into account Maggie's rebate and any subsidies from the EU (to farmers etc). This revised figure means Norwegians are actually paying about three times as much as us to get some of the benefits EU members automatically get - and they also had to accept free movement of people as part of the deal. So if we wanted to be like them, assuming the EU were prepared to make it so easy for us (they won't), our bill would become three times more than we pay today.
But my biggest worry is not the legal and political mess we'll all be in (UK, EU and everyone else who wants to trade with us... what a lot of money the lawyers and negotiators are going to make), it's the sentiment of those left trying to make the EU work that will screw the UK. It's Fritz, Pierre, Juan, Angelo and the 23 others who will not take kindly to Tommy telling them to fuck off. So even if we do get a better deal than WTO, will 500 million people want to buy British? Not a chance.