When the economic crisis in the EU hit the catholic countries I remember David Cameron saying that Britain was not to worry. He had friends with funds enough to buy the UK out of any crisis.
David's friends did not want to bail out countries that could not help themselves, so they wanted the UK to leave the EU. If they could get Britain to exit the union, that surely must have been to them what the Church of Rome was to Henry the Eighth.
All that remained was the easy part. Convincing the British people that they would be run over by immigrants and refugees.
From beginning to exit the whole Brexit affair has been controlled by the conservatives, those with old money, the old families, the "ma familias". Oh, House of Lords! Theresa May will lead you to new tax havens.