@AC re "But maybe this isn't (well, wasn't, now) the case in the UK"
But I think it's fair to characterise this whole referendum as a choice between which particular group of unfettered global capitalists you want to get raped by. The EU's favouring of TTIP suggests that they are no better friend of the poor or the working majority than those carrying the flag for "de-regulation", AKA poorer workers' rights and a privatised health service.
May the Lord have mercy on our souls.
Or perhaps - may the Lord have mercy on arseholes.