sylvesterthecat 5pts @Qiqnlong .. All countries not belonging to trade blocs or having FTAs have "treaties". It is a rather specialized area but all international trade is managed .OK I'll concede the point in as much as countries will tend to trade with a group of other countries for varying reasons, ties of friendship, reliable suppliers, cheap prices, whatever but what ties are there between ourselves and the EU. Our balance of trade with the EU favours the EU massively so, and yet we pay through the nose for membership. We are also expected to find a home for anyone wishing to come here whether or not they are useful to us. I cannot blame the EU for wanting us in their club since all the advantages are on their side.