Re: Human rights aren't EU
I am an economist, and do say stupid things from time to time.
For me, the Ukip is just another party blaming a minority for all the troubles. Not that diferent from NSM.
Of course, most of the things UKIP says are at least partly true, but many are put out of context.
As for the cost of being out of the EU.. it is not known. But not knowing IS A COST. Money is coward, and if you have to choose between places, not knowing is something that would be on the "cons" side.
As for trade restrictions, at the beginning there would be none. But then someone would point out, for example, that tomatoes from Spain receive money from the EU, so it might be fair for the UK to put Duty on that product. And lettuce, etc etc.
The EU might decide to put duty on car parts manufactured in UK, or a transaction fee on uk banks, and so in a few years the UK can't really export without problems to the EU. Both the EU and the UK would suffer.
Also, the unfair London tax haven would not work anymore.
I don't see a reason for this not to happen.