jahboater wrote:Sadly many "leave" votes were for the wrong reason.
I agree. I believe this was mostly a reaction to austerity and the elite's disdain towards decent, honest, hard working folk. The EU were set-up as the fall guy for that, being blamed for all our woes.
Part of the issue is that many don't believe the EU has ever done anything for them, believe our own government would and will provide the same levels of rights as have come through EU law, or don't care about having such rights.
Many see the EU as an entirely bad or pointless thing while others do not.
Many of those will have come to a view the EU does nothing for us because we have never truly embraced being a member, have always been on its periphery, wanting the benefits of membership but not liking what else that entails.
We are like the reluctant player who turns up for a match, wants to be rewarded with a win, but spends their time skulking on the sidelines, rather than on the field.
What I thought particularly telling was the Leave view of democracy; that one person sitting in a room of twenty wasn't democratic because we only got 5% of the say and we could not therefore automatically get our way if we disagreed with a decision made.
Consequently we rarely celebrate the good and only criticise the bad. And a lot of the bad has been lies, misinformation and disinformation which people have swallowed as if the truth. Thirty years of that is going to influence things.