On the one hand we have a European Federal State, headed towards economic, financial and political union, with its own foreign ministry, embassies, armed forces, in which national parliaments will continue only as bodies as vital as the Minnesota State Legislature, which has its own House and Senate, passes Bills and runs a select committee 'commission' system. Every US state still has some sort of rump parliament, and they still exercise some sort of control over matters such as tax credits, child protection and the State Lottery. On the other hand we have the United Kingdom, with a people antipathetic to foreign control and with all the instincts towards secession of antebellum Baton Rouge.
As Simon Heffer writes, back in his proper place at the Telegraph, open borders and freedom of movement without discrimination, let or hindrance are absolutely fundamental for the European Superstate whereas we want to allow in the young French professionals who are making London so attractive whilst excluding unemployable elderly Romanian peasants with chronic health conditions who drain our resources so deeply. Currently we can't choose. It's not an issue on which it's possible for the EU to compromise. Dave can't have it on his list.
The Fear campaign will portray the post-secession UK border controls with terror. In reality, with so many Brits in Europe and so many useful, welcome and life enhancing Europeans in the UK, changes will be slow and incremental. There will be no mass forced deportations of 600,000 Poles from England or 500,000 Brits from France. And I suspect that for many Brits who previously regarded the hard-working, Christian Poles with disfavour, dislike may turn to love at the prospect of half a million Afghans, Pakistanis, Kosovans, Albanians and Syrians, not one of whom knows how to use toilet paper, replacing them.
For me, it's control of our borders, exclusive rights over our fish and implementation of the 200 mile exclusive economic zone limits, our own armed forces, foreign and defence policies, our own embassies across the world and a Parliament that is something more than an obscure State Legislature. And all of those things Dave cannot deliver - the EU cannot concede.
So we must leave, and continue to build our strong bonds of trade, travel, friendship and common interests with all our European partners outside of the Federal Superstate. And yes, of course we can do it.