venkatesh subramanian 5pts There is a complete perception difference about EU within mainland and the UK (i.e, especially the media)! As far as most of UK media is concerned, EU is inflexible and EU is a negotiating punch bag! Somewhat the delusional mindset, we have ruled the world, so we will do what is commercially and geo politically attractive to us with the EU and it is possible to continue forever like that! But all the UK prime ministers (including the current PM) have concluded that has never been the case from a reality point of view! Somehow they were never able to convince their fellow country man about it! However within the mainland, they don't have any such delusion and understand EU is the power projection/trading arrangement with the rest of the world in addition to being one of the pillars of peace in the continent! Off-course EU has its faults like any organisation, but the continent's prism of viewing the EU is completely different to the UK's prism of viewing the EU!EU27 will be laughing when PM May says EU is inflexible with its integration objectives, after UK enjoys all the possible opt-outs! Looks like the EU Referendum result is a negotiation that went too far for the British!Any trade negotiation is a co-operation between the industry/business and Government underpinned by a common trade policy! All of this lacking! It is quite difficult to formulate one if the Brexit Minister only says, please only talk to me about the advantages of Brexit and the Trade/Commerce minister chides his industry for not working hard and not be able to "export" like other countries!The direction of travel is clear! We are going to end up with just a WTO arrangement to trade with the EU27 and the rest of the world! In fact I consider any other outcome to be far worse, like our ministers bragging about a lot of our good companies with international business (and real estate) picked up at low cost because of the pound as a sign of confidence of investors in Britain! I hope at the end of the day, we don't end up selling our motherland, our industries, our good companies, our NHS, our good education system, etc., all for a low price to foreigners in the name of free trade deals! We (the brexiters of the tory party) never seemed to be happy when PM Thatcher got the rebate or opt-outs on social chapter, or PM Major got the opt-outs on Euro, Schengen, etc., or even when PM Cameroon got a deal out of thin air! I doubt we (the brexiters of the tory party) will be happy with a deal that PM May will get and now that she herself has told she is ready to walk away (though I don't know from what)! We (the brexiters of the tory party) are going to bay for her blood till she walks out!As far as EU is concerned, certainly, it is not good publicity that UK is leaving the EU! But let's also not forget, we joined EEC after 22 years after ECSC was formed. When we joined, there were 6 members. Even after we leave there will be 27 members with 4 active applications in pipeline to join the EU! Finally an overly aggressive Russia on the East, a new partnership between President Putin and President Trump, a callous and meddling attitude of Trump administration to pick and chose political winners in Europe is very likely to provide a new impetus for the EU members to show solidarity rather than division!