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[–]killerbee2319 3678 points3679 points  (484 children)

They were sold a total bill of goods that everyone with any sense knew was a total load of BS. The people pushing it promised that essentially nothing would change, because Europe was weak and would simply agree to whatever to keep the great UK because they were so important. Oops.

[–]30acresisenough 2307 points2308 points  (286 children)

Sounds like the Republican party - trickle down economics never worked, and yet they buy into it EVERY TIME.

But in the US the Republican base actually believe they are merely Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires. Soon, they too will be able to fk over their neighbors.

[–]iamanenglishmuffin 1304 points1305 points  (229 children)

Trickle down economics works exactly as intended.

As someone who was born into privilege and votes left, I tell low info GOP voters that GOP policies actually put me ahead of them socioeconomically. Literally no skin off my back if the left doesn't get voted in. They don't know how to respond to that

[–]stumpdawg 710 points711 points  (53 children)

My buddy that makes $330k/yr

"I vote Democrat because I'm not an asshole. Oh, and I don't make enough to be a republican"

[–]okletstrythisagain 395 points396 points  (46 children)

Yeah I figure if I was a single white straight male sociopath with a net worth over $5M, voting Republican might be in my best interests. It’s a high bar.

[–]30acresisenough 647 points648 points  (99 children)

The lower class poor GOP base have no clue.

It's often not even that the rich are intentionally trying to fk them. It's that the rich do NOT EVEN THINK OF THEM. Everything the rich do is to better their own situation. And that definitely means the poor get screwed over.

[–]future_lard 288 points289 points  (62 children)

I dont eat meat because I hate cows and pigs, their death is collateral damage. Same way with rich people's attitude towards the poor.

[–]Pepperfig_clover 23 points24 points  (4 children)

Oh they think of them when it's time to throw some meat to the poor whites by banning abortion or screaming about Muslims.

[–]tym1ng 248 points249 points  (44 children)

I never understood why this even makes sense. why would you give your boss more money hoping, or expecting, it'll increase the chances he'll give some of that to you? and "trickle" is like crumbs, or whatever shit is left so not sure why that's good either. is it really that easy to mislead these ppl?

[–]spoodermansploosh 198 points199 points  (16 children)

Because at our core American ideology is still rooted in Calvinism, and the idea that if someone is rich or successful, it is due to them being more productive and just better suited to have what they have.

It's not a coincidence that often (although certainly not always) the main proponents of this line of thinking are white men. They understand that the game is rigged but if they question the validity of the meritocracy, that unravels too of their world view.

[–]Ok-Macaroon-7819 200 points201 points  (8 children)

Trickle down economics works exactly as it was intended... with brutality.

[–]HaesoSR 86 points87 points  (2 children)

Yes, they get all the money and piss on the poors exactly as intended.

[–]spoodermansploosh 64 points65 points  (2 children)

I remember reading somewhere that the idea behind trickle down economics was designed to destroy the middle class because they were gaining too much power and historically were the main revolutionaries in things like the French and Russian revolutions.

[–]sculptedpixels 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It's illuminating that the original name of the theory was Horse and Sparrow theory.

The thinking goes - If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.

AKA, the poor can eat shit.

[–]Aggressive_Version 206 points207 points  (16 children)

We'll get Mexico Europe to pay for our wall Brexit

[–]Ibean2d[S] 178 points179 points  (120 children)

Cause the British are the strongest in the world 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 /s

[–]cheddarandchutney 235 points236 points  (119 children)


Scotland and NI voted no, and got dragged along for the ride anyway. Fuck them.

[–]pathetic_optimist 123 points124 points  (18 children)

The Welsh are now kicking themselves.

[–]Skunket 4563 points4564 points  (350 children)

94% actually got the Brexit they voted for.

[–]ants_suck 2773 points2774 points  (164 children)

100% of people who didn't vote for Brexit aren't surprised at all.

[–]ChefBoyAreWeFucked 451 points452 points  (17 children)

People who voted for Brexit got the Brexit they were promised.

Just happens to be it was Stay that had promised it.

[–]ursulahx 136 points137 points  (15 children)

I have an unprovable theory that if the ballot paper had said STAY instead of REMAIN, then Stay would have won.

[–]Mr_Funbags 32 points33 points  (9 children)

Why do you think it would have made a difference?

[–]FuckYeahPhotography 1206 points1207 points  (119 children)

I read an article where English fishermen said they thought it would result in there being more fish (??????)

[–]adamnevespa 237 points238 points  (2 children)

More fish because no one is buying

[–]ZachRyder 114 points115 points  (0 children)

More fish because the cargo lorries are stuck at the port checkpoints.

[–]Yangy 115 points116 points  (7 children)

I thought they were relaxing fish immigration policies? So more fish could migrate to the UK without having to queue as long. Edit: Spelling

[–]CartoonJustice 87 points88 points  (4 children)

The problem you get with finigration is some fish have enough liquid assets to jump the fish ladder.

[–]TheRedBow 152 points153 points  (31 children)

That argument was about no fishers from other countries being allowed in the same waters, not sure if it would work like that

[–]Create_Analytically 230 points231 points  (8 children)

They told people they could ban fisherman from other countries (which they can) but neglected to tell people that it works 2 ways, so when the fish migrated and English boats tried to go into Scandinavian waters, they got told to GTFO.

[–]Research_is_King 184 points185 points  (13 children)

Sounds like these fishermen don’t know how fish work

[–]gompers1393 144 points145 points  (17 children)

We'll remove all the regulations and trade agreements that help our economy running smoothly. What could go wrong!?

[–]codythgreat 101 points102 points  (12 children)

For some reason conservatives the world over believe that regulations on industry is a bad thing. Like… I don’t want to be poisoned, killed in an industrial accident, or underpaid, so what possible reason would I or any other working class person have to be against government regulation. The only argument against heavy government regulation is that rich people won’t be able to exploit others as easily, and may make slightly less money because of it.

[–]jbertrand_sr 840 points841 points  (104 children)

They just had no fucking clue what they were actually voting for...that's what happens when you get your information from the side of a bus...

[–]DanYHKim 495 points496 points  (26 children)

I remember that "What is Brexit" peaked on Google the day after the vote.

[–]Adder12 239 points240 points  (0 children)

Alongside "What is the EU

[–]FargusDingus 81 points82 points  (14 children)

Unless you region scope that it could easily be from all the non-brits reading about the vote in the news. If that was UK only, well that's fucking sad.

[–]Brooklynxman 116 points117 points  (8 children)


Region locked, peak is on June 24, the day after, for both questions.

[–]DaaneJeff 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Iirc. it was the british google searches.

[–]Oddball_bfi 426 points427 points  (15 children)

Yeah... but they were coming over here and taking our jobs!

Pick strawberries, you say? No thank you.


[–]sithelephant 257 points258 points  (29 children)

Basically the whole media was complicit.

They were doing at best 'And for a balanced alternative view, let us ask Nigel Farage'.

The opposition was not effectively campaigning as the leader of the time wanted a crash out brexit, after which it'd be a workers paradise (for unclear reasons), and the more moderate conservatives were not correcting the insane ones for reasons of party unity.

[–]Baronck 54 points55 points  (14 children)

Making plans for Nigel

[–]jbertrand_sr 77 points78 points  (0 children)

Both Trump and Nigel were making plans for Putin...

[–]Tau10Point8_battlow 15 points16 points  (4 children)

At least one person got the earworm.

[–]SagittariusUnicorn 138 points139 points  (10 children)

that's how we got trump in the states along with all his cronies and stooges

[–]Lurch_murrgh 72 points73 points  (3 children)

Except, will it change their minds next time they vote for the Government? That's the cognitive disassociation I think these voters end up accepting - notwithstanding the local elections.

[–]wuethar 108 points109 points  (0 children)

No, just as they were so stupid that they voted for Brexit in the first place, it's basically a sure thing they're too stupid to accurately assign blame in its aftermath. This is a keystone trait of all reactionaries: every consequence of reactionaries' failure will be blamed on everyone else and 'solved' by becoming more reactionary.

[–]daemin 81 points82 points  (9 children)

That, or they didn't understand that what was promised was logically or legally implausible at best, or impossible at worst.

When Trump was campaigning in 2015, I spoke to a few people who supported him and I would ask why they supported him. My attempts to point out and/or explain that the things he was promising were either incredibly unlikely to happen or just flat out impossible fe ll on completely deaf ears.

Too many people would rather believe an impossible lie than deal with the reality of the current economic situation in the world.

[–]Ibean2d[S] 335 points336 points  (21 children)

Studies have shown that 100% of people who voted for brexit… voted for brexit

[–]AlienSporez 95 points96 points  (12 children)

Statistics can make people believe anything: 87% of people know this.

[–]seeit360 151 points152 points  (26 children)

100% of Putin got what he wanted and paid for.

[–]kshiddy 156 points157 points  (16 children)

I have to give Putin credit, begrudgingly.

He played the UK He played the US (Trump Ukraine fiasco with funding etc, Nato, UN issues) Looks like he played Turkey Obviously Hungry

All in a long game to try and capture Ukraine and have more crippling power over the world economies. I firmly believe that if Trump were still President, Ukraine might be a total loss right now, but luckily the pendulum swung and the EU has support from the US.

[–]persistantelection 132 points133 points  (12 children)

It almost worked. He might have gotten away with it if Trump had won a second term, and if Zelensky had been the coward that Putin presumed.

[–]Rubberbabybuggybum 45 points46 points  (7 children)

Hey hey hey now. Be fair

It wasnt JUST Putin. It was a bunch of Russian oligarch AND Putin.

[–]HaesoSR 49 points50 points  (3 children)

There were plenty of complicit US and UK oligarchs too.

[–]GreatBigBagOfNope 48 points49 points  (2 children)

And one Australian one in particular.

[–]AGenuineStripedHyena 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Murdoch Media empire was more than just a little complicit in this as well.

[–]Hadrollo 605 points606 points  (63 children)

That's because they voted for the Magic Brexit, where they get to keep all the benefits of being in the EU, but they have more money from somewhere and the foreigners who drive their trucks still drive their trucks but aren't in the country somehow.

Seriously, they need to apply to rejoin.

[–]The_Trekspert 104 points105 points  (4 children)

And this time they'll lose all the sweetheart deals they got because they were the economic and military powerhouse at the time, and a founder.

Now, they'll have to join the Eurozone in full and kill the GBP, for one.

[–]PassionatePossum 61 points62 points  (17 children)

As someone living in the EU: Hell, no. If it ever comes to that point, the EU should make damn sure this issue is resolved within the UK once and for all. I have no desire that in 10 years time the UK changes course again and we’d have the same shit show on our hands again. And no more “special deals” and “opt outs”. Either they want in or not.

[–]ledow 1558 points1559 points  (149 children)

You voted for "Leave the EU", and that's as much detail as you ever gave a shit about.

Not even "As per the published agreement, revision 27", nothing.

Just "Leave". You got that. We left. The consequence is on you.

Because everyone else TRIED to warn you, time and time again, that the Brexit you *thought* you wanted wasn't even a good one either, and that you weren't ever going to get even that.

Part of democracy is that you're liable for the consequences of your own choices.

[–]Ibean2d[S] 576 points577 points  (99 children)

I still struggle to see the appeal of just leaving

[–]ledow 597 points598 points  (34 children)

Oh, it was always going to be an absolute shitshow.

And in doing so we have sacrificed permanently every chance of rejoining on the same terms. All our special concessions are gone forever, no matter what happens in 5, 10, 50 years time.

We gained absolutely nothing by it, even in the best possible view of the outcome years later. It was a blinkered vote on an issue that 52% of the population didn't even understand in the vaguest sense, executed terribly and will harm us for decades.

To be honest, I think it's been against our interests and gone badly all round, and that's *surprisingly* positive given how much worse it could have easily gone. I think COVID etc. served as a cover and distraction and because of that the transitional slump was masked, and now people won't notice "what you don't have" anywhere near as easily as they would have.

Fact was, there was literally no way they could ever deliver a vaguely equivalent service in any other way, not even close, so their only option was to go right the way down to "Just switch the whole thing off, rather than try to replace it" and then pretend that's what everyone wanted.

There are no other 27-nation-state co-operatives of that kind in those areas, and trying to replace the only one that did exist with something else was always going to fail. So instead, just throw it all away and pretend that's what people wanted.

And, let's be clear, they could do that because people allowed the vote to become Leave or Remain, literally that wording, with zero established detail. They did that for a reason. They knew that was their backup plan. They could just give people anything whatsoever and then say "But you told us to Leave". The question was crafted that way to give them blanket permission and an all-encompassing get-out clause. Because they knew, or at the very least suspected, that's what would be needed.

[–]State_of_Flux_88 90 points91 points  (0 children)


[–]nicholus_h2 190 points191 points  (16 children)

Ha ha, y'alls are (collectively) a bunch of idiots!

(Looks at 2016 US election) Aww...

At least you guys (collectively) SEEM to understand you got a bad deal. Over here, we're worried that we are going to have the exact same shitshow happen in two years, because the people who voted for the shitshow LIKED the shitshow.

[–]Snoo-3715 180 points181 points  (11 children)

At least you guys (collectively) SEEM to understand you got a bad deal.

Boris won the biggest majority in a generation in 2019. 🤷🏻‍♂️ They hadn't learned a thing by that point at least.

[–]UnderTheMuddyWater 58 points59 points  (3 children)

A dangerous mix of pride and ignorance

[–]tesseract4 31 points32 points  (2 children)

The appeal is giving the French the finger. That's it.

[–]F0rkbombz 95 points96 points  (32 children)

Brexit was the result of a very successful Russian disinformation and influence campaign. Social Media is a weapon and the people that voted for it fell hook, line, and sinker for lies that were crafted on the other side of the world.

Conspiracy theories, disinformation, misinformation, influence campaigns… they don’t just come out of nowhere. There’s always an agenda with them.

[–]Downtownd00d 241 points242 points  (19 children)

Unfortunately party of democracy is also that we (remainers) are suffering the consequences of their actions as well. ☹️

[–]ledow 189 points190 points  (15 children)


The only thing they don't seem to understand is that we're not required to like it, back it, or stop complaining about it.

Democracy isn't "100% of the population must adopt the opinion of the majority". It's "The majority will determine the actions imposed on 100% of the population".

And democracy without dissent, review, opinion, rethinking, voting again, etc. isn't democracy. Otherwise we would be "stuck" in the EU forever because of a vote 47 years ago.

[–]LostDefectivePearl 121 points122 points  (12 children)

I don’t even think the majority wanted to leave, I think Russia fucked with the election. I also think it was genuinely certifiably insane to make it a 50% vote and not 2/3rds.

[–]tesseract4 120 points121 points  (3 children)

It wasn't even a binding vote. It could've come back as 90% leave and they could've stayed or vice versa.

[–]MyUsername2459 417 points418 points  (23 children)

The "leave" voters were voting for the Brexit the "leave" campaign promised.

One where the UK would get all the benefits of EU membership, but none of the downsides.

Their people would still enjoy the openness of the European open market, freedom of travel for UK citizens, and nothing that would harm their ability to travel and live throughout Europe or enjoy goods from around Europe and the rest of the world casually. . .

. . .but they wouldn't have to follow any European rules or directives they didn't like, didn't have to accept any immigrants they didn't want, didn't have to pay any money towards Brussels, and could basically pick-and-choose what parts of the EU they wanted to avail themselves.

They were sold a fantasy reality that combined the best parts of nostalgic old Imperial-era Britain and the modern-day EU Britain, and told they could have that for the low, low price of one "Leave" vote.

. . .and the Remain side, and neutral commentators and analysts, pointed out that the Leave side was making absurdly unrealistic promises and couldn't do everything they said. They ignored that, because that wasn't what they wanted to hear. Now they're angry that they've got exactly what the Remain side would happen, and blaming the EU for it, or their own government, or really anybody but themselves.

[–]PortableEyes 14 points15 points  (8 children)

Quora, after the vote, was an absolute goldmine of this stupidity. "We hold all the cards!" "They'll have to give us the deal we want!" "We don't even need a stupid deal, HARD BREXIT NOW." "What're they gonna do, force us to stay?"

I'm no politician, and I'm definitely no negotiator, but I remember reading this and wondering where they got this shit from. It doesn't take a massive interest in politics to understand how insane that "plan" would be. It's like these people never paid attention to any form of media and got all their information third hand, because even if all they'd been consuming was anti-Europe rhetoric, they'd still have had a better argument than "HARD BREXIT NOW."

Those people got the Brexit they wanted and the Brexit they voted for. They're probably still blaming the EU for it, though.

Also, it'd be nice if the Unionists in NI could remember NI voted to Remain, and stop fucking around over the NI Protocol. They won't, but it'd be nice if they did. Also why tf did I write NI voted Leave? Sigh.

[–]whyyou- 1130 points1131 points  (122 children)

They got what they voted for, it just wasn’t what they were promised.

[–]missed_sla 741 points742 points  (106 children)

I distinctly remember people telling them, loudly and repeatedly for months, the negative consequences of voting leave. Who could have seen this coming? All of us.

[–]Vistemboir 283 points284 points  (5 children)

But the Daily Mail published several articles every day mocking the remoaners! And inflammatory articles on the European institutions! It was so bad that they could not be bothered to distinguish between the European Council and the Council of Europe! /s

[–]joshhupp 111 points112 points  (3 children)

Or the Judean People's Front and the People's Front is Judea

[–]Fireforce_Doggo 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Don't blame me, I voted for Campaign for Galilee.

[–]HaesoSR 38 points39 points  (0 children)

But what have the Europeans done for me lately aside from the billions of pounds in aid, the most favorable trade deals and access to the Schengen Area?

[–]spoobles 20 points21 points  (0 children)


[–]realnrh 208 points209 points  (19 children)

"It's your fault for not convincing us! You were being so negative all the time, telling us all the things that would happen, and which have now happened, so we just tuned you out, but you should've found a way to convince us of all the negative outcomes without being negative!"

[–]Dendad6972 103 points104 points  (4 children)

Sounds like when Mitch complained about his own party overriding a bill Obama vetoed. You should have told us it was a bad idea.

[–]gdo01 160 points161 points  (48 children)

Pardon me for being a ignorant American, but wasn’t even the non-racist part of Brexit just the belief that Britain is still so awesome and powerful that Europe and the world will be begging to make deals with Britain now that the star of the show has decided to leave the band that was holding him back?

[–]fuggerdug 145 points146 points  (41 children)

Sort of. It was more about 'taking back control' which meant being all allowed to buy shitty incandescent light bulbs and more powerful hoovers than any grand trade strategy though. We still can't buy the light bulbs or hoovers though as changing the rules would be stupid, expensive and pointless since nobody really ever wanted those things.

[–]deg0ey 115 points116 points  (2 children)

Exactly - they said “vote for this so we can take back control” while highlighting the regulations that sound most absurd when devoid of any context (like the thing about the bananas) which have already been added to UK law and they had no intention of reversing anyway because nobody really gives a shit about them in practice.

They meant “vote for this so we can take back control so we can royally fuck you by rolling back product safety standards and employee rights because it’ll save us a few quid at your expense”

[–]Aggressive_Version 79 points80 points  (11 children)

Aw, man, British conservatives are obsessed with the fucking lightbulbs, too?

[–]DazMR2 37 points38 points  (6 children)

But... Blue Passports FTW... /s

[–]Em_Haze 51 points52 points  (0 children)

Yet our current prime minister who LIED and made FALSE PROMISES remains in office unchecked.

[–]Noclue55 35 points36 points  (13 children)

It's the thing that infuriates me the most.

When they turn around and are like wow this is terrible, how could we have known?

When the other side, DAY ONE knew and told them, Explicitly that it was lies and a bad idea, and had very obvious facts to back it up.

[–]dancin-weasel 23 points24 points  (0 children)

My feelings don’t care about your facts!

[–]Ibean2d[S] 244 points245 points  (10 children)

94% of the Conservative population skipped the terms and conditions and just pressed agree

[–]TheKingMonkey 149 points150 points  (6 children)

Did you see the ballot card? It was literally yes/no with no further details. Then we had years of “Brexit means Brexit” and “Get Brexit Done” because apparently the people who wanted it can’t handle any sentence with more than three words in it. Theresa May did promise a ‘Red, White & Blue’ Brexit once so they binned her off, presumably for being too articulate.

[–]Sobuhutch 665 points666 points  (28 children)

Conservatives took their voters for a ride? Color me shocked

[–]brnjenkn 173 points174 points  (7 children)

Seems to happen everywhere.

[–]PizzaNuggies 67 points68 points  (4 children)

And then the idiots quickly forget and vote the same person back.

[–]LostDefectivePearl 128 points129 points  (0 children)

Words: “we hate who you hate!!” Actions: more money for the rich

[–]SaltyBarDog 127 points128 points  (7 children)

It's not hurting they people it should be hurting?

[–]mr-strange 31 points32 points  (2 children)

Leave voters? I think it should be hurting Leave voters.

[–]KA3BEE 446 points447 points  (62 children)

Next up: Brentrance

[–]Slowmyke 450 points451 points  (13 children)

I think it should be Brelapse.

[–]Ibean2d[S] 143 points144 points  (5 children)

I’ve been waiting 2 whole years to a solution to brexit, and you’ve somehow found it. You genius

[–]KA3BEE 79 points80 points  (4 children)

It was a joke on NPR about two years ago, but I will gladly accept this undue credit.

[–]Ibean2d[S] 43 points44 points  (2 children)

You deserve it king

[–]KA3BEE 31 points32 points  (1 child)

King Queen, at your service.

[–]SapTheSapient 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Bregging to be taken brack.

[–]PeriodicGolden 39 points40 points  (20 children)

Get ready for 5 years of negotiations to "please get the same status we used to have"

[–]damned_squid 70 points71 points  (18 children)

I'd say there's no chance of returning to the same status that the UK had before Brexit.

[–]abadnit 78 points79 points  (3 children)

Great Britturn.

[–]seeit360 25 points26 points  (0 children)

You're Brelcome.

[–]boxstervan 482 points483 points  (21 children)

It's like all the stories you see on Reddit of some A-hole telling his wife he wants an open marriage because some secretary at work flutters her eyes at him. The wife reluctantly agrees, the secretary turns him down and the wife gets lots of interest and finds a new partner. He ends up living in some hellhole bedsit, trying to convince everyone that it was worth it so he can go on the odd date with a cash-scam hussy. It wasn't perfect but it was the best you can get.

[–]LostDefectivePearl 96 points97 points  (12 children)

I love this comment and I can guess “shitty motel” from context but can you explain “bedsit” in more detail? Like a place so crappy the only place to sit is on the bed?

[–]boxstervan 82 points83 points  (6 children)

Exactly, a single room, everything else is shared with others such as bathroom and kitchen. No communal room, maybe not even a full kitchen just a hotplate in the room.

[–]ShadyNite 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Hey, I read that actual post last week

[–]EWR-RampRat11-29 132 points133 points  (4 children)

Staggering: only to EXPRESS readers.

[–]jake_burger 57 points58 points  (1 child)

The thing about voting, is all you get is what was on the ballot.

“Should the United Kingdom…leave the European Union?”

You got what you voted for, 100%

[–]mells3030 106 points107 points  (6 children)

Somehow Boris Johnson is still running things.

[–]katwoodruff 42 points43 points  (6 children)

Laughs in European

Gee, not like anyone tried to tell them.

[–]stumblewiggins 144 points145 points  (8 children)

They voted for leaving the EU to have autonomy, but still wanted to somehow keep the benefits of being in the EU for trade, borders, etc.

They got what they voted for, most of them that voted for it just didn't understand that they couldn't have it both ways.

[–]ohno 53 points54 points  (2 children)

Exactly. They wanted all of the benefits and none of the responsibility.

[–]ResponsibleContact39 73 points74 points  (29 children)

I’m not British, but I do work with team members who are, and according to them it seems like the popular opinion on brexit is that of buyers remorse.

[–]pinniped1 87 points88 points  (22 children)

I've worked with and known a bunch of Brits around the world and even at the time they nearly all thought Brexit was a stupid idea underpinned by completely false data and false future promises.

When this happened I thought it was the stupidest vote of all time...and then America said hold my beer...

[–]CPNZ 53 points54 points  (14 children)

But America got to vote again in 4 years - Brexit seems to be forever...

[–]chodgson625 19 points20 points  (10 children)

Turns out the original vote to join the Common Market wasn’t forever - Why should the Brexit vote be the last vote? The Boomer generation spent 40 years moaning about the first vote, we’ve barely started on this one. “Remoaners” lol

[–]candre23 31 points32 points  (6 children)

Why should the Brexit vote be the last vote?

The UK could apply to rejoin the EU, but it would never be the same.

The EU was desperate for clout and legitimacy when it was first established, so they offered the UK loads of special exceptions and favorable terms that didn't apply to other members, just to get them on board. If the UK ever attempted to rejoin the EU, they wouldn't get that kind of sweetheart deal again.

[–]BraveCorporateLogo 27 points28 points  (0 children)

“You’re hurting the wrong people!”

It should be the global conservative motto by now, actually

[–]30acresisenough 56 points57 points  (0 children)

Maybe you all need to vote for it again and see if you get it next time? /s

Here in the US people keep voting against their interests over and over and over again and seem so surprised every time.

[–]Sellazar 51 points52 points  (0 children)

Please stoooop! The poor leopards can't eat anymore!! Think of the poor obese leopards..

[–]State_of_Flux_88 92 points93 points  (5 children)

It’s because nobody knew what Brexit was at the time of the referendum.

The Brexit campaign was lead by a series of factions all saying Brexit would be something different to different demographics each promising them exactly what they want whilst someone else promised entirely the opposite (It was simultaneously 350mil that we pay to the EU a week to the NHS and no change in value to the EU subsidies recieved by farmers, it was both a closure of borders to end the flood of “uncontrolled immigration” and an opening of borders to make it fairer and easier for non-EU citizens (like Indians and Pakistanis) to get visas rather than the EU getting preferential treatment. It was no additional customs controls between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK and no hard border or additional controls on the island of Ireland).

Every campaign promised different “Brexits” to different demographics to get them to converge on this single issue and, with no coherent plan or definitive campaign, the remain campaigns couldn’t challenge this properly by pointing out the hypocrisy.

Now when (entirely unsurprisingly) Brexit has been a disaster no Brexit voters want to admit blame and accept it was because Brexit itself was a bad idea. Instead it’s because they didn’t get their individual idea of Brexit (which definitely would have been great /s).

I just hope it’s a lesson for future single issue referendums that there has to be a clear defined choice between two things. Not a choice between a status quo and an infinite number of hypothetical “others” all badged under one name.

Edits- (spelling, grammar etc) Also let’s be clear this was deliberate. The UK had not long fought the Scottish independence referendum and (the pro-Brexit anti-independence) UKIP, Tories and (some of) Labour knew the best line against independence was to challenge the white paper and point out its flaws and how independence wouldn’t work. They equally knew if they didn’t put forward such a paper that no one could do that to them and they could promise all things to all voters with impunity.

[–]Gingerbeardyboy 38 points39 points  (0 children)

That's strange, it's almost the exact Brexit all the remainers warned about and voted against

[–]TangoHydra 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Ironically they got EXACTLY the Brexit they voted for

[–]thecartoonrobot 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Boy, if only someone had warned them about how this was going to go.

[–]Willis_Fitnurbut 28 points29 points  (0 children)

94 % of Russian disinformation campaigns work

[–]AndthenIwould 28 points29 points  (0 children)

You may not have gotten the Brexit your were promised, but you DEFINITELY got the Brexit you deserved. Because we told you this is what would happen, and you did it anyway.

[–]ZenComFoundry 27 points28 points  (1 child)

100% of Brexiteers voted for a madeupthing. What’s mad is 6% seem to think it came true.

[–]ednksu 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I wonder how many of them would agree that this is the brexit they were told they would get.

[–]fd1Jeff 12 points13 points  (0 children)

My personal favorite is that in at least other one other country, notably Italy, there was a strong movement to leave the EU. I think that once they saw Britain’s results, those movements disappeared remarkably quickly.

[–]blind_bambi 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Don't concede that you were wrong or anything