x9200 wrote:Nothing to do with EU. It's just the world that has changed and they have changed too.
This referendum became a flashpoint for every unrelated grievance anybody had. Granted, the Remain side obviously did not run a good campaign.
The United Kingdom genuinely had the sweetest deal in all of Europe: in the EU, and with huge power, but with every derogation the U.K. was ever going to get already granted. Nonetheless, the Leave campaign was happy to exploit the ignorance of voters who didn't know what derogations the United Kingdom had. For example, they talked about the euro endlessly and what a bad currency it is. It is a terrible currency union, agreed! Good news: the United Kingdom never adopted the euro and never had an obligation to do so, ever. But no, the euro is bad, so let's vote against EU membership! Another example: unemployment in southern Europe is terrible, EU bad. Yes, unemployment in southern Europe is terrible -- but WTF does that have to do with the ballot question? It didn't matter: the EU sux, vote Leave!
....Oh well. It's done. Let's hope this mess gets worked out as best as it possibly can in the circumstances. I was about to write that British voters will just have to live with their decision, but that's not even true. It's the younger voters, and their children, who will have to live with this decision, and they didn't decide this.
What a mess.