The question Brexiteers used to fear most during the referendum was short and simple. I was asked it a couple of times, suffering cold sweats on TV and in public debate, and will confess that I moved as quickly as possible back on to more comfortable territory such as self-government. The dreaded question was what, specifically, are the EU regulations you want to drop or diverge from after Brexit? If the EU and its rules are so dreadful, what would you change?
In fields such as finance, trade and life science there were and are nerdy Brexiteers who can produce lists of Brussels red tape that needs to be slashed to improve competitiveness. But they are a minority. Most Leave campaigners saw this fundamentally, and