EU memberships fine as far as trade and business is concerned, but total freedom of movement is insane and countries that join the EU should all be on a par with one another.
If that principle had been applied to Britain in 1973 ("The sick man of Europe") - then the UK would've been in even more of a mess than it was that decade. Anyone who knows the history can tell you that Britain was economically screwed at that point - and needed EEC membership desperately. The subsequent endorsement of EEC membership should be seen as a reflection of those times - that Britain needed EEC membership.
Is it really fair or moral of Britain to then turn round and refuse membership to those in need?
I believe in "British jobs for British workers".
So you believe in an ending of attracting the best graduates in finance to the world's financial centre - London? Or an end to attracting desperately needed new talent to Scotland, which even launched the Fresh Talent Initative in order to attract quality individuals that just couldn't be found in Scotland?
If employers pay decent money and don't expect people to live on fresh air, then there are decent enough British people out there already to hire.
And you think employers will happily pay more money to British workers? Given that many small to medium businesses have been laying off workers left-right-centre, just where is the money coming from to pay higher wages to Brits to ensure that they have a high standard of living?
The thing is that there *isn't* enough decent British people to take the jobs. It's been documented widely that Brits just didn't want to do the jobs strawberry picking for instance - although this is partially the fault of a ridiculous benefit system which doesn't encourage part time work.
I notice that no-one here remebers that many Brits moved to Spain and took advantage of the freedom of movement of labour. If Britain closes her doors, then the rest will close the door to Brits - and everyone will suffer. Do you really want that? Personally, and I'm sure I'm not alone - I quite enjoy the fact that I can move to 26 other countries and work without any formalities whatsoever.
Ultimately, the UK can't have it both ways - either they have freedom of trade and thus freedom of movement of people, or they have neither. Free trade outside of the EU means a similar idea to what the USA does - free in one direction. Does anyone genuinely believe that the EU is going to be like "okay, no problem, you can leave and yet keep all the benefits?". Of course not - and I imagine a huge tax slapped on British residents in Spain will be the first measure.