R157 Top of my list is what the EU itself diagnosis as its Democratic Deficit. That its structures and workings are so far removed from the people that it governs, that its election procedures are deliberately opaque and unaccountable, that most people have no clue how the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Council, the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, the European Court (to say nothing of the unhelpfully named non EU body the European Court of Human Rights) all fit together. This bureaucratic disconnect breeds a contempt for the hoi polloi which is part of the EU's founding DNA. The Great Unwashed had voted for fascists in the 1930s, the architects of the EU decided that the people could never be trusted again and had to be progressively led in to "ever greater union." Hence the contempt shown for various referenda down the years. (See below).
To what extent does the free movement of people exacerbate this? To my mind, not so very much. In the UK in any case the issue with immigration has come about not because of EU nationals - except when they arrive en masse in rural areas: the hundreds of thousands of Polish folk in Lincolnshire, for example. No, the REAL problem with immigration is Islamic immigration, not EU immigration and the rape gangs - which now number several dozen up and down the country - abusing tens of thousands of poor white trash girls.
My only beef with immigration is that it suppresses wages and thus middle class people can get their cheap coffee from Pret - as that egregiously awful snob on Question Time complained a few weeks ago, "Who is going to give us our coffee in Pret" she asked in a voice dripping with cosmopolitan entitlement. Stupid bitch.
As for the young people who would have voted for Remain my response is, "So what?" People who fought in wars, people who paid taxes all their working lives and actually contributed something to the UK for decades have, if anything, even more right to vote than 16 year olds. Like I said: I wasn't able to vote on this issues for 40 years. Let them wait.
The EU wants the UK money. They always have. That's what this is all about. Brass tacks.
And lastly: 100 years ago the Republic of Ireland won its independance from the UK. And in the same moment sentenced itself to decades of economic stagnation, massive emigration of the young workforce, and genuine poverty. Was there ANY movement seeking to rejoin the British Empire? Of course there wasn't. The Irish wanted their freedom from a supra-national power that did not given them the degree of self-determination they legitimately aspired to. (Shame they've subsequently sold out to the EU - but that's what sucking on the EU-teat does to you for 40 years.) The UK WILL take a hit economically.
It will be worth it.
Especially as we see the emergence of the United States of Europe and just what a coercive imperial force it is going to become. The Gilets Jaunes protests are merely the amuse bouche for more to come. And you can add the Islamocrazies into the mix for good measure in France, Merkel's Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain.
Who wants to be shackled in 'ever closer union' to such an anti-democratic behemoth??
That "specific" enough for you, R157?