Re: Second referendum (non County)
The EU means something different to people on the continent than it does to us. In the last few centuries every nation in Europe except our own had been occupied by a foreign force, to them that intertwining of economies serves as something of a buffer to prevent such a war ever breaking out again. The peace element is not something that should be sneered at given that European history is one of constant bloodshed and the era of peace we're in right now is unprecedented.
For the UK although it was always seen as a transactional relationship. What can we get out of it rather than what does it offer to the greater good. That's the fundamental difference between the approaches to the EU we see today.
The idea isn't that it's intentionally made hard to get out of to prevent people leaving, but that it's made hard to untangle to prevent someone settling disputes at the end of a gun. It forces cooperation and compromise and that is inherently a good thing even if at times it might not feel that way.
"Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay,
nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune,
the cost of which should be shared by the community"
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