Then that is not a proper free trade deal. All that sort of testing is done at the certification/crash-testing phase, and then that should be it - as is done with many countries both inside and outside the EU.
Even without tariffs the cost of different regulation would still be there, and they are quite significant. We are in industrial communication & computing, having one of our products certified for a region is on the order 100.000 EUR. Thanks to the European union we, a 40 people company, can design, build and certify products for all of the EU common market. If we had to certify all products for all countries separately, the expense would exceed our turnover. You can imagine the impact that would have a prices....
And instead of a lean mean state, citizens pay a lot more for administration.
Yes, it might be more efficient, and economic growth might be higher. But that might be the price of sovereignty and self-determination.
That argument takes a pretty nationalistic world view to work. How is the EU taking responsibility for an area away from my nation government any different from them stripping my state, they my county, my city, my borough, my block .... Taken from them. The problem regresses all the way back to me.
How many levels up I am overruled is of no consequence, it doesn't make any effective change for me as the person.
You sacrifice some of the efficiency and order that you might get under a dictatorship, in return for democratic rights and freedom to do what you want.
The EU is basically as democratic as the USA.
If a little mom-and-pop shop in England who has no interest in shipping their goods or services outside their local area,
You'd be amazed by the number of one or two people companies trade all over Europe.
why should they be burdened by regulations imposed on him by people he could not even vote for?
I don't know. I guess you think that is the case in the EU, but that only means you haven't understood it. EU regulations have the same democratic legitimatation as the national governments.
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