Re: Article 50
That has been the poison-drip from the Murdoch press
Successive governments have been to blame for this and they've allowed the press to fan the flames. Over many years, the blame for anything that could be seen as unpopular (regardless of the issue) has been placed with the EU., "It's not us, guv.. those forriners are making us pass these laws"
A case in point (one of many) is in food hygiene. At some point in the past, the UK gov passed laws forcing butchers to store cooked and fresh meat in separate coolers. This cost businesses a fair amount of money to implemented and caused a fair amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth. The presence of the law was blamed firmly on the EU. As France hadn't yet enacted such laws, some butchers were up in arms about how unfair and unbalanced the EU clearly was.
So... forcing you to reduce the risk of poisoning your customers is a bad thing., and of course you are going to lose business as your customer walking down the high street is going to see the price increase needed to pay for this in your shop (and all your local competition) and then therefore go over to France to get some bacon.
If past governments had grown some balls and pointed out that many of these rules (I'm not saying that this applies to every rule made over the channel) are a good idea and explain why it won't put most people at a disadvantage instead of weaselling out of it then we probably wouldn't have the strength of anti-EU feeling that has lead us to this.