Lets put my mythical cards into perspective.
What, without the numbers? How does that work then
France and Germany want to trade with us as they are probably the biggest.
Another truism but, again, where are the numbers?
… and so on in the rest of the post. It's so convenient to try and present an argument about economics without and any numbers but it's also meaningless.
The eastern countries Poland/Romania have many thousands of workers over here sending money back allegedly to the tune of billions.
I've read reports that it's getting harder to recruit Poles because the UK now offers far less competitive wages than it did Zloty / Pound exchange rate. The problem for the UK economy is what to do if those workers are no longer available, and, given that reducing immigration from the EU seems to be a key priority and why the UK government is prepared to sacrifice access to the single market, this seems a likely outcome. I guess this will test the idea that these workers displaced UK nationals from building sites and farmers fields. This "lump of labour" idea is barely credible at the best of times. Should it be proved wrong here the consequences will be either higher prices (due to higher wages) or less production, or even more imports. I guess we'll find out soon enough though it's not the kind of experiment I'd like to try.