Historical differences lead the British to be sceptical about many features of the European Union and this scepticism has resulted in a range of opt-outs, through which Britain does not participate in what are elsewhere regarded as key features of the Project. Britain, if it remains in the EU, will be a despised fringe player, at best, in a union in which it has little faith.
Countries joining the EU must accept the primacy of EU law over their national law. This denies the primacy of Common Law in Britain, a heritage discarded without proper consent.
A political union should evolve; it cannot be imposed and expected to be successful and lasting without the approval of its citizens.
For people in some European countries the EU may seem like a better bet than relying on their own elected representatives not to rob them blind and manage things in their own interests. This is not the case for Britain.
This motive inspired the founders but has become an ideology remote from reality.
The claim that the Union can deliver desirable outcomes better than individual nations is unproven. Experience has convinced the British government that more can be achieved by devolving significant powers to local authorities.
Voters are confused: what they can plainly see is different from what they are told so they lose confidence in their ability to understand and many would rather leave the decision to experts. It is clear that the interests of member states are subservient to the Project as whole. There is no proof that merely creating a supra-national power creates the conditions needed to produce growth and reduce unemployment.