"Within 10 years, most of Europe will be in a state of near collapse"
I don't go with that at all, that's just Brexiteerist wishful thinking.
Should our Brexit prove to be hugely successful I would expect that internal EU reform following our model will follow that will strengthen them further making them seem an attractive proposition for us to rejoin.
Should Brexit prove to have been disastrous, they will have changed nothing and wait for our A49 form to be returned. Prodigal son and all that!
"What I was trying to get across, in, possibly, a somewhat convoluted way, is that it always seems to appear that if an 'expert' supports a persons view on Brexit he's correct but if he has a contrary view his argument isn't considered valid."
Surely that's how everyone thinks - it's what debate is about. Mark carney is a committed remainer, and he has consistently voiced warnings about all kinds of economic disasters if we leave the EU.
His latest doom and gloom forecasts have been perfectly timed to undermine public confidence at a time of political turmoil - you don't have to be an Einstein to realise that.
The fact is, he knows no more about what investors will do than you or I - he isn't clairvoyant. His opinions are just that, although there's no denying that he has access to all kinds of economic forecasters.
We are in a state of great upheaval, and the vote on the Prime Minister's Brexit plan is going to have monumental consequences, whichever way it goes. None of us can do any more than sit and watch our elected representatives perform in the Commons - that's democracy at work.
In a couple of years time we'll all be talking about something different.