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I'm not sure what you mean. EU membership works like anything else - there are costs and benefits. You have to pay your dues, you have to abide by certain rules, but you get the benefits of being in the club. The other EU members (and a long list of would-be members) seem to think that's a fair deal.
A lot of leavers seem to want the main benefit of being in that club (barrier-free trade with 27 other countries), but they don't want to pay their dues and want to pick and choose from the rules. If the EU offers Britain a bespoke deal with most of the benefits but much lower costs, the union will disintegrate. They don't have to punish us for having the temerity to leave, but they can't possibly offer us a better deal than we get now. It's like telling your gym "I want to come in and use all the equipment, but I don't want to pay a membership fee, I don't want to wipe my sweat off the machines and I want to walk around with my cock out". Who in their right mind would agree to that?