Pan Albert 5pts Perhaps our UK friends need an injection of proper information. Firstly, the European Union is not primarily about the economy. Since the very start—and as it was amply publicized, I’m surprised few in the UK seem to be aware of it—it was about capitalizing on Europe’s cultural unity to avert more wars among the European nation-states. The implicit message was: It’s not important whether you are French, German, … , or Cypriot. In the Union, you shall be treated like a European everywhere, everytime. That applies to selling your goods and services in another country, investing your capital, or working. The UK may not accept it, but it should not act on the assumption that it’s not important for any other country. It is. That is why the “four liberties” are inseparable. There is also an economic side to it. Poland would lose a lot of money if Polish workers were excluded from the UK labor market. Why should it accept it, without any consideration? Poland has a right of veto on any major agreement, starting with the Article 50. And Poland simply won’t cow down to any pressure to bend. Nor will Spain, or Italy, if the interest is there. Smaller countries may be enticed or threatened and coaxed if Germany and France agree on a common line, but second-tier countries (ie countries with 40-60 millionm inhabitants plus the Netherlands) just cannot. An easy prediction. Free movement of labor will end by April 2019. But the UK will no longer be a magnet for EU-labor, because its economy will be paying the price of expected hard Brexit and present few opportunities for foreign workers. Also, and more generally: expect the EU to negotiate in its own interest, not in Britain’s. Britons may honestly believe they know what the Europeans’ best interest is, but Europeans can, and very likely will, hold different ideas about the matter—and act accordingly. It’s as simple as that.