Re: I may just be a dumb Yank, but...
@Joe, thank you for your comments. Sorry it took me so long to answer but you raised very interesting questions.
Here is my take (my comments in bold):
For my own part, I have my respectful rebuttals to those fears (which I recognize that you are merely listing and might be but are not necessarily adopting). Addressing this slide by slide:
#1: Yes, when you have to pay more for skilled local labor instead of "insourcing" through cheap migrant programs where you can pay people pennies on the dollar, I suppose that does technically qualify as a "difficulty." (q.v. H1B visas) tl;dr: Boo hoo.
Highly skilled workers from other EU countries in the UK and vice versa are not cheap labor imported from Asia, they are well paid and compensated equally. It will make more difficult for companies to have people move to other countries to work on specific projects, as they will need working permits.
#2: The EU needs the UK more than the UK needs the EU.
I believe the need is equal. But many other EU members are already asking the UK to invoke Article 50 immediately. That means they don't want the UK gov. to start asking for special deals.
#3: One word: BMW.
I believe the supply chain will be seriously affected unless the UK joins the EEA.
#4: More opportunities will be created in the UK, however, as a result of the break.
While writing this piece and after I have been talking to friends and family living in the UK (my wife is English and her brother is a former banking exec). They are really concerned about the City losing power and influence, plus the higher costs of losing the EU internal market.
#5: This I actually do agree is a real, potentially substantiated concern, depending upon how the potential BoJo administration wants to handle things. (Despite EU privacy sensitivity, David Cameron was not exactly a champion for civil liberties either.)
I just believe that the EU directive is the best tool to keep GCHQ powers accountable to some extend.
#6: I'd like to see stats on this because --respectfully -- I find this prediction verydubious. The UK's GCHQ was revealed to be just as guilty as the NSA in all the surveillance that led to extremely heightened nephophobia and data sensitivity in the EU. If the UK loses the opportunity to host datacenters, it will be because of a continuing trend since Edward Snowden's leaks -- not because of the Brexit.
That is true, but many companies are still installing large datacenters in the UK because of the location. I spoke briefly with an exec from EMC (who asked me not to publish her name) and she is really concern about the impact of Brexit on their UK business.
#7: Maybe, but for the most part very doubtful -- and where will they move to, besides? Major EU countries like France aren't exactly noted for being tax havens. Plus, with all the uncertainty surrounding the EU's stability now that one of the few countries that was actually one of its primary financial supporters has left, I sure as shootin' wouldn't want to relocate my HQ to the EU right now. Besides, London has long been a financial and industry center in its own right long before the EEC-cum-EU.
Microsoft has their European HQs in Paris. It is true that London has been a main financial center before the EU, but they have been serious attempts to challenge that recently. Now Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam are jumping at the opportunity.
Earlier in the week Stuart Gulliver, HSBC chief executive, told Sky News: "We have 5,000 people in global banking and markets [HSBC's investment bank] in London and I could imagine that around 20% of those would move to Paris."
#8: Again, the UK was a substantial contributor to those EU funds. Sure, some opportunity will be lost to London -- and a lot won't.
Have you heard about the "British Rebate"?