The Tories are using Brexit to stage a political coup. By harnessing voters across ideological boundaries around this issue they intend strengthening their position in government by encouraging a narrow British nationalism.
The EU bureaucracy needs very little encouragement to posture as the super state it aspires to become. This enables the prime minister to play to the gallery as the defender of Britain and it people.
Brexit could take on an international aspect if it was linked to withdrawal from that other power block, NATO.
Then Britain could become a truly independent peace broker on the dangerous international scene.