That is, stop attending the meetings, stop paying the fees, stop letting in filty immgrunts and repeal the EC act.
Seriously? While we're at it, perhaps if we hooked enough rowing boats to the UK and paddled really, really hard we could move the entire country away from Europe and next door to some other international pariah with a reputation for behaving like a moody teenager and being impossible to do business with - North Korea maybe? Or, give our New Best Friend Trump a few more months. As someone who's opinion you, presumably, respect said:
Of course, if you act like a total dickhead to your trading partners by not honouring prior agreements, they're unlikely to want to do much negotiating with you since you've proven untrustworthy.
That's called a reason why we can't just take our ball and go home.
I don't see what's wrong with that.
What's wrong with that is that the EU Council & Parliament just need to filibuster for a couple of years and they can give us a "take it or leave it" deal that only has to be better than the default...
Why, if we're leaving, do you think we're owed some sort of special treatment?
Its not "special treatment" because no other state has seceded from the EU, so there's no "usual treatment" to compare it with. None of the non-EU states with existing agreements (Norway, Switzerland) were in the EU to start with. The EU is a lot more complicated than a trade deal (and those take a decade to negotiate). What about EU citizens living in the UK? What about UK citizens living in the EU - do they get shipped back? Arrested as illegal immigrants? Oh, and those immigrants you are so worried about - many of them currently get stopped by border controls in the EU. EU companies with offices and assets in the UK? UK companies with offices in the EU? Tourists currently in the EU (who have no right to be there the second we leave the EU)? Students? What happens to the lorries full of imports and exports passing between UK and EU docks if nobody knows on what terms they are allowed in or out?. Even if we don't actually get concessions, long-term, at the very least we need some sort of orderly plan and timetable for making the transition without overnight chaos - unless we want to re-enact the Berlin air lift?
You know all those stupid, stupid horror stories and ridiculous threats of economic cataclysm that Camoron and Osbourne built their pathetic "remain" campaign around? The reason that everybody thought they were stupid and ridiculous was that people assumed that there's be some sort of civilised negotiation about the terms of departure that would anticipate and mitigate - or at least plan for - those problems. You start saying "well, we could just tell the EU to fuck off" and suddenly all that FUD starts sounding plausible.
This was a well known and understood consequence of leaving.
Not according to the "Leave" campaign who told everybody that the Europeans would be so desperate to trade with us that they'd let us stay in the single market and custom union at the same time as "taking back control", and that anybody who suggested that there might be any downside was "running down Britain".
I have no quarrel with the minority of Brexit voters who weighed up the arguments, did the research and decided it was all worth the risk. However, if you think such people swung the Brexit vote then I have this brilliant scheme for using our EU contributions to fund the NHS that you may like...
Still trying to work out how handing a huge victory to the hard right, richest minority of the Conservative party struck a blow for the little guy against elitism...