To quote Mr Hollande:
“There is no other way. It's a horrible path, but it's a logical path. Leave Europe, leave Schengen and leave democracy. Do you really want to participate in a common state? That's the question."That's a really good point, you know? I hadn't realised that you could only be a democracy if you were in the EU. I'd thought that there were democracies outside of—and, indeed, before the formation of—the EU. Apparently this is not the case.
Of course, this neatly highlights one of the arguments that Remain have kept rather quiet about: the fact that remaining within the EU is not to maintain the status quo. The Eurozone, in particular, must have a central government, or it will fall apart—particularly economically and fiscally.
But to maintain, practically, the social and Welfare aspects of the EU, there requires further integration too, e.g. the proposed EU Tax Identification Numbers.
That nice Mr Cameron maintains that he has negotiated an opt out from all** of this malarkey but, frankly, I don't believe him—partly because he is a proven liar (especially on the topic of the EU). So the UK will have to look forward to more integration too.
Now, you may think that all of this is a good thing—and that's your prerogative. I, of course, think that you are completely fucking wrong***—and I will vote Leave, regardless of the scare stories—but at least we can have a proper debate the issue in an adult fashion.
*I may have deployed some sarcasm here.
**Or is it only some? I'm not clear. Because there's no documentation.
***The scary clown sums up my feelings on the matter rather well.