EU - ROADS TO TRAVEL
Some seven come to mind.
1. Remain. No change. No turning. Just stay in the EU as is. It will mean a general election and probably voting again in more referenda until we get it right.
2. Leave. But stay in the full customs union obeying all the regulations but with no say in making them. Then start arranging a piecemeal series of dismemberments. Lots of fun fighting over the details.
3. Leave. But stay in the customs union only for goods. No common market for services. No more rights of EU citizens to reside or work in UK. And in order to abide by the Good Friday Agreement, an open border with the Irish Republic for goods and visitors. Perhaps a maximum for visitors of 6 months residence per calender year, otherwise registration and official permission required.
4. Leave. But betray the DUP and put a customs border down the middle of the Irish sea. Great Britain will leave the customs union but Northern Ireland while staying in the UK will be bound by the regulations of the customs union for goods and for visitors.
5. Leave. But so that the Government of the Irish Republic and the EU establishment sell out on the Good Friday Agreement. In this way the UK completely leaves the customs union without retaliation on tariffs from EU and Ireland. However with border posts all along the partition line. Will dissident republicans or the new moderate Sinn Féin retaliate?
6. Leave. But the Republic of Ireland leaves the EU as well and establishes a customs union with the UK. So harmony on the partition line.
7. Leave. But the UK and the EU turn bloody-minded. A tariff and visitor deal is established on the same basis as North Korea. Economic turmoil. Helicopter gunships patrol the border. Governments fall. Populist parties take control. Capitalism in crisis.
What other roads are there? Which one are we going to take? When will we sleep safe in our beds again?