I'm not looking for knee-jerk, blindly-nationalistic ['xenophobic' even better as its a Greek-rooted word, I believe] chorus of Sunheadlineesque responses here, but an informed opinion from someone who understands the economics, macroeconomics even. I've never been particularly europhobic, although i do worry a little about the transfer of aspects our national sovereignty to a badly executed and ill-designed system in brussels. I recognise that europhiles insist that there are trade benefits to be had by being 'in the club', but is it possible to have a real-time analysis of the cost/benefit of being in/out? Don't we have to conform to free trade principles worldwide anyway for fear of upsetting our septic friends? I am a bear of little brain and so I use analogy far too much, but here's how i see it: All the countries in the world are like kayaks on the lake. At the moment, we are 'rafted-up' with the other eu countries, riding out the squall. Roger so far? Some of the kayaks are looking a bit unsteady, top-heavy or too narrow, perhaps. If a few at the periphery are swamped and go down, won't the whole raft follow? At what point should we take an axe to our lashings and move away, lest we too are dragged under, or overloaded by survivors from the other boats? Can we remain afloat by ourselves anyway? Did I take it too far?