Can you give me some specific examples of deals they might eventually choose to make with us? I genuinely am not following the drift of this.
Mystery, have you tried looking in some European press articles? I don't know which other languages you speak but sometimes they show things which are not really reported here. An article in 'Die Zeit', for example recently emphasised that May foresees difficult times ahead economically as a result of Brexit- I don't recall this getting much air time here. This quote explains that there may be loans for property companies - presumably from the £350 billion which we are, er, going to save by leaving the EU (sic). :
"Aber ich behaupte nicht, dass es eine ruhige Reise wird, vor uns liegen schwierige Zeiten." Über ein staatliches Hilfspaket will die britische Regierung im Herbst entscheiden. Einem Bericht zufolge soll es unter anderem vergünstigte Kredite für Immobilienfirmen geben.
This one from the Swedish press has a Slovak minister threatening to veto trade deals with England and saying that it will be a hard road ahead:
EU-ordförandelandet Slovakien menar att brexit kommer att bli mycket svårt för britterna och hotar lägga in veto i förhandlingarna om ett nytt avtal med Storbritannien. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... parliament
Socialdemokraten Robert Fico, premiärminister för Slovakien som för närvarande innehar det roterade ordförandeskapet i EU, menar att det brittiska utträdet ur EU bli ”smärtsamt”.
The EU countries whose languages I can understand well enough to read articles all seem to agree with the central sentiment in the above article, despite what many of those who voted for Brexit are saying (SVE?
“The European parliament will never agree to a deal that de facto ends the free movement of people for a decade, while giving away an extra rebate in exchange for all the advantages of the internal market. What would stop other countries from asking the same exceptional status?” he said.
I am sure JaneEyre can offer some French views and people with better language skills than I can trawl about a bit to see what else is being said. I don't think the British press is necessarily going to be the best place to get a full picture of what Europe is likely to want.
You can't limit yourself to historical examples, the world is changing.
Yes, but Norway and Switzerland, who pay through their respective noses for any privileges sold to them by the EU and who arguably have more capital to offer in return, are hardly going to sit back and watch while Britain gets some kind of bargain deal, are they? Both those places are flipping expensive to live in and visit, and we are not at all in the same position as either of them when it comes to trying to broker deals. I think we flatter ourselves if we believe that Europe is going to be falling over itself to keep us - with our demands and refusals to do this and that - on board at the expense of easier and richer customers. The view I am picking up from European friends is that we are about to become a bit of a laughing stock. The world is indeed changing; and we look like being left behind while it does.
On a brighter not, however, you can relax if you own a ski chalet in Gstaad:http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/4 ... ki-chalets