The best description I have read yet about the EU comes from Jeremy Warner in my paper today, no matter that I have already voted (postal) to leave:
“I will be voting to remain . . . . Yet I do so with a deep sense of foreboding, for despite the benefits that Britain has enjoyed in its 43 years of membership, the EU has become a dysfunctional Byzantium of paralysing political and economic complexity.”
But bear in mind that the same is beginning to happen within all advanced countries that are above, say, about 10 to 20 million people. Somehow, governments — politicians and civil services — have got to become lateralized. Perhaps the typical sizeable nation-state of today might become another sort of much smaller governmental state in which new ideas can diffuse all the quicker. It will take time, nevertheless.