Why is it that large corporates don't want to leave the EU? Surely they'd be better off without the burdensome yoke of EU regulations, free to trade in a simpler, less complex manner?
It's the same reason that these all-powerful corporations, with their massive clout from employing former ministers and civil servants seem to have incredible influence in shaping regulation, but somehow never manage to get rid of it.
It's the same reason that the mounds of regulation they face are massive, pointless box-ticking wastes of time.
All this regulation is a massive barrier to entry to new competition. Large corporates have already got the infrastructure to comply with all this, they are already able to cope with it all and they've adjusted their business processes to comply. If we left the EU tomorrow, there would be a massive reduction in the regulatory mountain any new competitor would have to climb and the incumbents would be left facing a much tougher competitive landscape.
And large corporates fear competition, they don't fear regulation, especially not when they can shape it to make it relatively easy for themselves to comply with.
Regulation may always start out as being for the protection of the little man, but it always ends up being for the protection of the regulated company.