If God had meant us to breathe underwater, he would have given us larger bank balances.
Human beings were invented by water as a means of moving itself from one place to another.
To keep the border as it currently is the UK and the EU must share the same customs regulations and tariffs in order to let goods flow freely over the border. I believe this is called a "backstop" in the May/Robbins withdrawal agreement. It does not address the issue of people of course but it would appear that allowing illegal immigrants into the UK is not something that bothers the government so we can ignore that. There is, I think I am right in saying, some controversy over the May/Robbins backstop. However it is clear that it is intended as a solution to an intractable problem. Well that is my opinion - I don't know for a fact Mrs May thinks that, she doesn't confide in me.
There is an opinion - expressed by people that want it to be true even though it is not - that this border issue is unimportant. I do not share that.
The only person to provide some actual facts that support their position is Stuart with his information about the CFP. I believe harming 99.5% of the economy for the sake of some competition on 0.5% is not worth the trade-off, a fact I would hope everyone would agree with, but I concede I might struggle to convince a fisherman who just wants to earn a living.
Hopefully it will all be over soon and either everything will either be back to normal, or we will be far too busy trying to find work, food, medicine, a way out of the country etc. to have time to squabble on the internet.
Many remainers on here seem reluctant to accept what they see as facts are only opinions. Both ways!!!!!!!!!!!! Mr. Hammond's stats for the long term situation must make remainers squirm. When did the treasury ever get a long term forecast right? This small majority thing is a bit of a red herring too. Never have so many people in Britain voted for a course of action. And please don't ever mention the non-voters. If they couldn't be bothered to vote(either way) it doesn't count.
Looking at the problems across the channel does make me wonder at some of the protestations of "everything will be wonderful and stay the same for ever in the EU" the remainers make as something of a pipe dream as well.
I believe that when Cameron went to the EU if the EU had seriously been willing to discuss some reform of the worse aspects of the EU the CAP and CFP need serious review (How any diver can think that the Danish fishing indusry sucking up vast numbers of sand eels, making a big hole in the food chain, to use as fertiliser and to burn the oil is OK defeats me!), the waste of moving the parliament, the fact that there is pitifully little overview of spending by MEPs and senior bureaucrats would have been a start and might have meant that we would not been in today's position but nobody in Berlin, Paris or Brussels seemed to understand or perhaps did not want to understand that maybe change was needed, so now we are where we are.
Economists make forecasts. They are never right (well almost never). However if you step back and stop looking at the fine details and look instead at the trends and generality of the forecast then they suddenly become a useful tool to aid comparisons between different scenarios. That is what the Treasury and BofE have done - released forecasts of how the different scenarios look in comparison to one another - they don’t expect to be bang on the money (there are too many unknown factors to be exact) but they are likely to be in the right ballpark. When you get a series of independent forecasts that align given similar scenarios then that adds weight to the forecasts being in the right ballpark.