Mutex wrote:Frankly, the best case scenario I'm hoping for now is Boris becomes PM, and we get a deal that is much like Norway's deal, in that it includes the single market and free movement of people. We'll have to pay into the EU to get that though. And we won't be able to vote on anything. Hard to see the benefit.
Can't see that happening with Boris as PM. Unrestricted immigration will be a political red-line.
For your scenario to occur, Boris would have to become PM, negotiations would drag on and we'd fail to come to an agreement, the economy would crash, Boris would be voted out, and a new government voted in with a mandate to sort the frigging mess out by any means necessary.
And, yes, we probably will negotiate better trade deals with a few nations than we have right now, but I'd be amazed if, overall, because of our plight, non-EU countries didn't take the opportunity to negotiate deals better for themselves than for us. Every country is ultimately self-serving after all and we only have so many expert negotiators on our staff; They can't be everywhere at once and time is not on our side.
And, for those that care about such things, while France et. al. were blocking TTIP, we'll almost certainly be forced to adopt it as part of our trade negotiations with the US. And TTIP is effectively a loss of sovereignty.
(Which is why sovereignty is such a nebulous concept, and why it's simplistic to say we have strictly less of it inside the EU than outside of it.)
Many companies are likely to impose a hiring freeze following Britain's vote to leave the European Union, according to a leading business group.
The Institute of Directors (IoD) surveyed 1,000 of its members and found that a quarter planned to freeze recruitment and 5% planned to cut jobs. Only a third planned to hire at the same rate as previously.
Almost two-thirds said the vote was negative for their business.
"We can't sugar-coat this - many of our members are feeling anxious," said Simon Walker, director-general of the IoD. "A majority of business leaders think the vote for Brexit is bad for them, and as a result plans for investment and hiring are being put on hold or scaled back."
This isn't a game. British workers are going to suffer as a result of this decision.