I rarely get involved in these Brexit debates but can I correct you on something (I work in finance specialising in international trade). The idea that the EU will somehow desperately miss the UK is false. There will be a few companies who will lose some sales but for many goods and services there are markets elsewhere. The worst hit will be the Irish agriculture industry. For essential goods, EU suppliers will still continue to ship but the UK ends up paying higher prices through tariffs, which will depress the UK economy. So in short, the pain is not enough for the EU to give the UK good or close to as good benefits of EU membership simply because it’s a G7 nation, not forgetting that the finance sector is a massive part of the UK’s GDP and us financiers are ruthless when it comes to moving people wholesale to a more convenient location (I’m already doing this). Generally the attitude of businesses around the EU is a baffled shrug of their shoulders, which in recent weeks has moved towards a weird type of incredulous amusement. No-one understands why the UK is embarking on such a self defeating course of action. The hard Brexiters do need to wake up to the fact that they don’t have the leverage they think they do. The question they need to ask is if a 1-2 year recession followed by 10-15 years of below par economic growth is worth the price of sovereignty. By which time the UK may have joined another trading bloc with equally rigid rules decided by another voting chamber far removed from Westminster.