The biggest difference...using the analogy of tea & biscuits...is we finally get to choose the type of biscuit and whether we dunk them or notI fail to see in what way everything is going terribly? A lot of boring men in grey suits posturing for cameras and the media trying to pretend they are in charge means anything has changed. The markets went down but are recovering,uncertainty will stifle the economy until everything is set onto paper and the Sturgeon will try and pretend she has any influence outside her local chipshop, but to the rest of us educated or not life will go on with most people just bored stupid with people telling us the sky is falling in. The British will just get on with life and drink tea with proper biscuits!
The UK was a part of the EU but only 25% of the EU...we have never had the Euro currency (although we always prop up those who do) and we have never had Schengen
When I travel abroad I have to show my passport whether it is mainland Europe or Middle East or Far East or South America......
The doom and gloom merchants would have you believe the world will stop turning once Article 50 is kicked off and when we formally exit in around 2 years time
We have always survived through a crisis...and this is just a mere storm in a teacup