pwa wrote:But don't you agree that the EU is trying to persuade its own people to stay in the EU by making the alternative unpalatable? Do you think that is right? Do you think that is how governments should treat their own people? Don't you think that they should concentrate on making the EU attractive rather than trying to punch a hole in the boat that some of their citizens might otherwise choose to step into?
I don't follow your logic. They're making staying in the EU attractive to their member states.
You can't punish someone by making them follow the rules they helped create and then lied to their own people effectively saying the rules wouldn't apply because "we're too important".
I'm not even sure who they're supposedly punishing. We've already told EU citizens they're not welcome, so if the UK becomes unattractive then that's our doing not theirs.
Over here the only people being punished are the poor and those with low skills.
If you've got suitable skills then you can go wherever you want in the EU and sell your skills, just as their denizens can do here (assuming they're daft enough to come).
If you're one of the plebs then it's tough. You have to stay here and eke out a living regardless of how much the government stuff the country up and make your life hard.
What's the alternative? Let the EU collapse and hope everyone can ride the storm?
I can't imagine a collapsing EU will do anyone any favours. It'll make the Great Depression look like M&S running out of tea cakes.