But if that deal involved paying £100 billion to the EU for the divorce we would have to walk away because that’s the equivalent of paying them £250 million a week for 8 years which would mean that we might as well stay in the EU and have a say in it’s management.
“If Britain left the EU how would it gain access to the single market?
In the past week, Leave campaigners have confirmed that they would not want to remain part of the single market by signing deals similar to Norway or Switzerland.
They say that because of the strength of the UK economy and the need for EU countries to continue trading freely with the UK, Britain would be in a very strong position to get a deal that exempted the UK from free movement and single market regulations while allowing free access to the single market.
Because the UK already complies with single market regulations, a UK-EU free trade deal on goods may be fairly straightforward.
But the UK’s service sector is about 80% of our economy and the City of London dominates financial services in the EU. In the negotiations that would follow a British exit from the EU everything would depend on the deal the remaining EU members wanted to cut.
And the Remain campaign insists the EU would demand the UK accepts free movement and common regulations in any deal that provides single market access.
We do not know what the outcome of such negotiations would be – it is one of the biggest question marks hanging over this referendum.”
See www.bbc.co.uk for the full text of the article from which the above quote was taken.
AND THEN THERE’S THE EEA agreement with the EFTA!
(Economic European Area agreement with the European Free Trade Association)