History is a great teacher if you bother to learn the lessons it teaches. The Southern States of America only wanted to be left alone to run their own internal affairs without interference from outsiders. Their attempt to "Leave the Union" resulted in a vicious and nasty civil war where brothers literally fought on opposite sides. The South was crushed and generations latter "Dam Yankee" is still an insult and "The South will Rise Again" is still a sentiment expressed by many. So armed secession is unlikely to work for the UK. Even if we could mobilise enough people to make the effort to switch off their reality TV and leave their sofas then they would be facing an armed and organised force in the new Europol already being mobilised ready to smash public disorder (basically anyone disagreeing with the EU Project). More recent attempts to leave the Union can be seen in the satellite states the now defunct Soviet Union. Attempts by their vassals to leave were dealt with very firmly and although the EU may not yet be ready to roll tanks down Whitehall I doubt it would need to since the political establishment in the UK are all under the control of Brussels.
Talking of the UK political establishment brings up the second option to leave the Union, through the democratic process via the ballot box. This would be my favoured route. Unfortunately the main three parties already 100% behind the EU Project and any party daring to oppose the march of the Union is marginalised in the press and branded little Englander or racist. Peter Mandelson has already said that Europe is entering a Post Democratic Era and so the growth of appointed commissioners and puppet parliaments will continue unchecked unless a political will is discovered to resist their progress. Sadly there appears to be little or no evidence that such political will exists. People don't appreciate things they are given for nothing and several generations now believe they live in a democracy but don't need to do anything to defend that democracy. Once it has gone then getting it back will be a hard, bitter struggle. As and business man will tell you getting a new customer is very hard, a fraction of the effort put into existing customers will keep them loyal for years. Ask the people of Zimbabwe how much effort they need to put in to reclaim democracy in their country! If a robust opposition had not allowed a dictatorship to emerge then maybe Zimbabwe wouldn't have gone down the totalitarian road. Ask yourself how much real opposition does the EU Project face in its march to total control?
So that leaves the final option. The route that actually worked for Hungary, Poland and the other eastern European States that were swallowed up by the Soviet Union in the 1940's. These countries only escaped when the Soviet Union became so bureaucratic, so hidebound, so lacking in vitality and spark that its centrally controlled and regulated economy collapsed. Ultimately it all comes down to money. The EU is like a huge pyramid selling scam that needs to be pushing new members in at the bottom to provide cheap labour and new markets. That however cannot go on forever and the countries the top cannot keep paying out for ever. The EU will eventually collapse under its own weight and the UK will have to start fending for itself again in the wider world.
Yugoslavia didn't last long after Tito went, Spain is starting to show cracks between its various regions, Scotland wants out of the United Kingdom (another example of a "Union" that is failing), Belgium is already practically two separate countries. What do these countries have in common? A protracted period living in an artificial and enforced false Union. Unless the EU economic collapse come soon then the UK cannot begin to regain its freedom until all is lost. Then it will need a generation or two living in the darkness before freedom can be regained.
So of the three options which one would I prefer. Armed insurrection is not a road I'd like to go down. Democratic withdrawal via the ballot box would be my preference but until people re-discover political will then that too is a not the road I think we will follow. Which leaves economic collapse and then pick up the pieces afterwards. Maybe the silver lining to the current credit crunch will be the disintegration of the European Union? Unfortunately I think its just too soon and we are facing a lost generation or two before Great Britain can start to reclaim its lost sovereignty, its lost pride and its lost self confidence and belief that we can stand on the world stage without needing the EU to hold our hand.