I agree with Fatcat's sentiment. Everyone who voted in the 2016 referendum voted on a matter of general principle ('Should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?').
No. Not everyone by any stretch. Some voted on that general principle, but as I said in the other thread, and will repeat endlessly until it sinks it, many voted for other reasons, namely:
- Didn't really understand it all so voted out as that seemed like a good idea
- Wanted to give Cameron / the Tories a good kicking as Remain was a cert anyway.
- The Sun said out was best.
- Students didn't bother as "all politicians are lying oiks so why vote for any of them?" and "Remain will win anyway so why bother?"
None of these are "things I've heard about on the internet", they're genuine reasons that people who voted out have told me in conversations about it all. And to a man, and woman, all of them would love to have another go now that the reality of what leaving actually means has hit home.
I said it in the last thread; I don't know anyone who voted to stay who has changed their stance and now wishes to leave. Conversely I know of plenty who voted out and would now vote remain given what they now know. They were lied to, they were complacent about the outcome, they voted out for reasons other than leaving, or they were too idle to bother. But they didn't vote on 'on a matter of general principle'. The problem is - as I said in my original post in the other thread - too many people are too stupid to be given a say in such a massive decision.
The referendum result was not and is not the will of the people. It was a snapshot of a culmination of years of ill-will towards the EU, the government, and politicians in general. Now that the reality of what leaving entails is staring us in the face a confirmation vote is the least the country deserves. Not another Remain or Leave, but the deal on the table and the consequences of it; Yes or No.