On this argument we should form self governing regions on the basis of football clubs
If you can put aside your football club nationalism for one second, perhaps someone can tell me what exactly are the key values that Brits hold that Europeans don't? I may have been born in the UK, but I grew up considering myself as a European first and Brit second and am not the slightest bit ashamed of that.
While I understand the selfish case for a Brit builder to vote out to avoid being priced down by an unemployed Pole builder. I don't see how I am being an immoral middle class European to see no problem in that. Shall we chuck Northern Ireland out of the union also to avoid cheap builders from over there? Why should I prioritise the economic welfare of the Brit who holds my values over the Pole or Northern Irish that holds my values. The consequence of even trying to do so is largely pointless in a globalised world. If a Brit builder starts charging £25 an hour for low skilled work, we'll just buy more pre-fabbed stuff from China. Or a tory government will just allow adjacent immigration anyway on economic grounds (better pre-fabbed in Britain than in China). Witness the import of so many cheap bus drivers from Pakistan/India in the 60's. And I certainly don't share so many values with Pakistan as I do with Europe. The answer for the working classes is not nationalistic protectionism and a bunch of nannying liberals telling them that their contribution to society is 'just as valuable' as anyone else and they should keep doing what they are doing. They need just enough social support via the minimum wage to live in dignity, but not so much that they don't feel the strong motivation of envy to go upskill themselves, or more practically their children (where today's middle class should feel a strong moral and logical case to help). I shudder to think of a future 50years hence where our economy is dictated by the children of £25 an hour builders thinking £25 an hour building is an acceptable educational or social ambition in a world where £0 per hour robots will be doing the vast majority of today's working class jobs in economy with any pretentions to the word 'advanced'.