Harriet, did i actually say he should do Britain any favours, or we should receive preferential treatment ? NO. If he likes Britain so much, why is he so determined to back the fine the EU wants to levy, and back anything and everything Merkel wants, despite saying he does'nt agree with everything she says. As for costs, do you actually believe that Britain should pay a fine. Because that is what it amounts to, no matter what the EU says. They forget that Britain OWNS the third largest share in the EU. That includes buildings, bank accounts, investments, pension schemes, and everything else that has been built up since our politicians joined the EU, and prior to that when we joined the EEC, when the public at least had a vote in ratifying our membership. If that is taken into account, the EU will owe Britain a fortune. I'm not suggesting that we should claim it, i'm simply stating a fact, that the other EU countries are conveniently forgetting. As for leaving the EU. If the EU countries, especially the founder nations, did'nt like the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, they should'nt have signed it. The terms work both ways. If the EU want to invent penalty clauses, there is nothing to stop Britain claiming massive compensation for their investment. Legally i mighty add. The whole negotiation process is a joke. The remaining EU countries, simply want to use Britain as an example, of what will happen if anyone else decides to leave. Politics and diplomacy don't seem to figure very widely in any of the negotiations. They are like a large group of children in a play ground. The EU have also left democracy on the sidelines. It matters not whether we agree or disagree with Brexit. The fact is, it is the result of a democratic vote. The EU and many of us don't like it. The difference is that the EU don't like democracy either, which is why the joint EU presidents, are pressing for a shorter timeline for much greater political integration, and a single EU government. Something that was leaked very soon after Brexit was announced, but virtually ignored by the main stream media, and just about everyone else.