As the speech by the UK trade negotiator, David Frost, makes clear: “In an age of huge change, being able to anticipate to adapt, and to encourage really counts. Brexit is about a medium-term belief in that reality that this is true – that even if there is a short-run cost, it will be overwhelmed rapidly by the huge gains of having your own policy regimes in certain areas.” https://www.independent.co.uk/voice...s-trade-agreement-boris-johnson-a9341971.html Note the 'short term' costs aren't detailed; 5 years? 10? Rees Mogg once said 50! Of course this wasn't what the country was promised in the referendum: The free trade agreement we will have to do should be one of the easiest in human history - Liam Fox 2016 The day after we vote to leave we hold all the cards and we can choose the path we want - Michael Gove 2016 There will continue to be free trade and access to the single market - Boris Johnson 2016 Not a single job would be lost because of Brexit - Lord Digby Jones 2016 After we vote Leave, we would immediately be able to start negotiating new trade deals with emerging economies and the world’s biggest economies which could enter into force immediately after the UK leaves the EU - Leave Campaign 2016 We will maintain a free flowing border at Dover. We will not impose checks at the port. The only reason we would have queues at the border is if we put in place restrictions that created those queues. We are not going to do that - Chris Grayling 2018 Absolutely nobody is talking about threatening our place in the single market - Daniel Hannan 2016. How long before the voters realise they have been duped?