My God you've swallowed the coolaid...
The notion that we, as a tiny country of 60 million are actually able of acting independently trade wise is laughable. It's a seriously competitive world out there, and unless you're one of the big guns you will end up on the wrong side of every trade deal. As we've already seen with that famous Japan deal.... Oh, and the way that America are just falling over themselves to do a deal with us...
I get why the notion of "small nimble UK doing bespoke better deals" is an attractive one. But now we're seeing the reality. And that is simply that we're getting bullied off the park as other countries recognise our weakness.
The notion that we hadn't retained our democracy is also fabulous "Daily Mail" nonsense. It just isn't true. At all. Even the government in their Brexit withdrawal bill recognised that the UK parliament had always been sovereign for gods sake.
On the subject of FoM you're missing the point. FoM with the EU isn't just about people migrating permanently, or semi permanently. Seasonal work in the EU was a very popular thing for young people. Pre Brexit figures are hard to come by, precisely because nobody had to count them, but an estimated 25k, mostly young people, per year went to work in holiday resorts etc. Numbers in 2021 were estimated to be down 75%, as visas were getting refused. A minor thing in the scheme of things maybe, but still an opportunity that you've ripped away from the young.
Now answer the question - what opportunity has Brexit opened up to replace that for young people?
Eurozone is not relevant. UK could never have been forced to bail out the Euro. Remember Cameron's famous concessions....
David Cameron claims his EU reform deal will give the UK "special status" in the 28 nation bloc - but did he get what he wanted?www.bbc.co.uk
So can we put that to bed now? We weren't on the hook for EU bailouts, and were not going to be. Claims that we were are simply lies made up by ERG types looking to justify their position.
I didn't swallow the coolaid I helped make it. The Leave campaign was tame in regard to what I wanted. I know the fight is not yet over.
I did seasonal work in the Europe before freedom of movement existed. I have lived and worked in US and Singapore by getting a work visa.
Look these assurances from the EU to Cameron that you link to were totally worthless. It ia remains illegal under the EU Treaties to bail out euro countries but they have done it multiple times anyway (as begrudgingly admitted by Lagarde). So much for international law compliance eh ?
EDIT: yes we are a small country in population terms but not in terms of influence and power. We are a small country but we buy more from EU than do US, India and China combined.