AndrewAJM 5pts Speaking as a British born, British national of a certain age (57). I would rather be a well fed serf than a hungry freeman. I have no love for the EU but I have never lost a moment's sleep because the UK courts are subject to the ECJ. There are several spheres of power which influence my life and which I pay for - the monarchy, our local government, our national government, the EU, NATO, the UN, maybe a few others. All of them are good in parts - except perhaps the monarchy which is a waste of money and an anachronism. This article is just factually wrong. For starters, it doesn't matter what Theresa May has SAID. Until the UK has signed documents, everything is up for grabs. Theresa May might not even be Prime Minister by the time all this is finished, plus she is capable of changing her mind in the face of overwhelming evidence.Next point, her declaring we would not be subject to the ECJ is not an outright rejection of the Single Market. If Theresa May, David Davies or anyone else are clear that they want to reject the Single Market, why don't they just announce "We don't want to be part of the Single Market"? EFTA states are not in the EU but are in the Single market. They are not subject to the ECJ. There is an EFTA court - you cannot have international trade between 2 countries without the involvement of a third party court or some other dispute mechanism. To take the example of Norway - Norway's own courts have primacy over the EFTA court. We need to do some haggling over Freedom of Movement which matters to some people in some areas. In other areas, we are desperate for the people, so there must be a deal to be done which will satisfy all but a xenophobic minority.So having established that it is perfectly possible to be a full participant in the Single Market/EEA without being subject to the ECJ and without any conflict with Mrs May's statement, by joining EFTA, the next question is, what is the alternative? There is none. There is not a cat in hell's chance of finalizing a trade agreement with the EU, or any other trading bloc of significance in the time available. The ONLY possibility to avoid an abrupt and massive shock to the UK economy is EFTA or an EFTA-like membership of the EEA. You will see some nonsense talked in some places about just leaving the EU and relying only on WTO rules - no-one is considering this seriously, that is why we have delayed sending the A50 notification and why we are staffing Davies' ministry with a few hundred civil servants - and thank goodness for that because it would be a disaster. The risk remains that we overplay our hand trying to agree some bespoke deal and fall out of this process after 2 years without a deal - this needs to be avoided at all costs. In the following years there would be the opportunity to develop more ex-EU trading relationships - this is a long-term aspiration which is not going to pay for people's mortgages and hospital bills in 2020. 2030 or 2040 perhaps.