From our Swindon correspondent:
A personal post, but I think this sums up my pragmatic reasons for leaving. The EEC might have made sense at one time. No, not saying it was perfect. It was still a protective club. But, who did we trade with in the world? It was mostly Europe, buying Volkswagens from Munich and Nectarines from Provence. Shutting out the rest of the world didn’t make much difference, lowering barriers within did..Back in the 80s, Eastern Europe was communist, China was communist, Africa, South America, India and the much of Asia were also generally quite communist or run by corrupt, murderous dictators.
If we’d wanted radio equipment, we’d have probably naturally bought from a British company, or maybe Phillips or someone in Germany. China’s exports were mostly textiles and oil. Cutting edge technology? Not really.
The more the rest of the world has embraced free trade, the more we’ve traded with them, the less worthwhile being in that club looks. Protecting EU producers always made EU citizens poorer, but that’s a significant effect now. We’re out. Next thing is to scrap all tariffs so we can buy from whoever we like. The best 5G and cheaper wine from Chile and Georgia, hurrah!