This is the best summary of Brexit I have seen (from Quora): Should the UK consider scrapping Brexit in exchange for the EU returning some of the powers currently residing in Brussels? Mats Andersson, Professional Translator English -> Swedish (1991-present) Answered Jul 9 · Upvoted by Mike Walker, lives in The United Kingdom (1963-present) That was exactly what the referendum was about. I’m constantly amazed at the number of British people who seem completely unaware of this. The UK already had negotiated a lot of exemptions that no other EU country had. Cameron went to Brussels to negotiate even more. He came back with the absolute maximum the EU-27 were prepared to accept, after several months of negotiations. The referendum asked the British people whether they accepted the last, final, no-longer-negotiable offer from the EU-27, or if they would rather leave the EU altogether. The British said no to the final offer, and said they would leave the EU. The is no more “exchange” to be had. That was the final offer. You rejected it. The deal is off. You went to PC World, you haggled the price for the laptop down to £400, you pondered it but finally decided not to buy, you went home, and now you’re waiting for PC World to phone and offer you the laptop for £350. They won’t. You didn’t accept their final, best offer. End of story. You’ll have to do what Boris Johnson said and buy it cheaper at a dodgy Chinese Web site. Just don’t blame PC World if the laptop doesn’t work.