No one is suggesting that we should not have a 'significant connection' to countries in the EU, apart from your good self. They are simply a trading block that we can or can not deal with as we chose.Because everyone knows that not continuing to have a significant connection with them is the equivalent of being up shit creek without a paddle, a canoe or a lifejacket.
That's why there was no plan in place set by any of those in charge of the 'Leave' campaign. The lure of power for looking to deliver the "will of the people" was too much for the Tories. Too much emotion & misguided jingoism, & not enough substance or detail - the latter not a surprise with Johnson at the helm.
There was always a plan, but the May government had no intention of implementing it, so the one thing that you are correct about. The referendum was about the principle of stying or remaining in the EU, not trade deals.
Poor choice of words on my part, anyone who trades with the EU is a trading partner obviously, I was thinking of a partner who was inside the single market/customs union and therefore subject to all the current regulations as decided by the ECJ but with so say in what those rules entail.Even Starmer has said Labour have no intention of joining a single market so it’s somewhat paranoid to claim the current government will.
As an ‘EU trading partner’ of course you have no say in the rules you are expected to abide by. That’s what Brexit means.
Of course the words 'customs union' and 'single market' will not be used, but in effect that will be the case.