Will European Politicians Shoot Themselves in the Foot?

European politicians have taken to arguing that once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, it should not get a better deal that it had through EU membership. This is a sentiment we can all understand. If Scotland left the UK, we might be saying something similar.

The difficulty is that they sell more to us than we do to them. This includes goods and services provided cross-frontier, but also the labour of (future) EU nationals working in this country. If they take apparently justifiable measures and we retaliate in kind, but no more than that, then it is them who will be worse off.

Objectively EU membership has been a failure for the UK, and it is now reasonable for us to try our luck elsewhere. Trade deals with all the English-speaking countries are an obvious start, and there are many more English speakers today, thanks to the Internet, than there were in 1972.