Confused with Brexit claim & counter-claim? We are. What makes it more difficult is there is no model for future relationship with the EU, who are our largest training partner!
I was always told – better to run towards an opportunity, than just running away from the present situation or problem. Too often, the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence.
For the last 500 years, British foreign policy has wanted to ensure no one Country dominated continental Europe. This, at different times, has meant balancing the power of Spain, France and Germany. Leaving the EU means that Britain will no longer be helping to balance Germany. Also, the loss of a large member, will change the EU and increases the possibility of the EU disintegrating
Additionally, the EU will not make renegotiation of trade agreements quick or easy, it will encourage other countries to leave. Lastly, trade agreements will be easier to agree for Goods but much more difficult for Services, which are the UK’s strength.
The opt-out of ever closer Union and Euro sounds good but it is unclear what the practice will be.
Lastly, if Vladimir Putin and Islamic State had a vote in the referendum, I am sure they want to the UK to leave the EU, because it weakens the EU and the West. Do we want to help our enemies?