The referendum was the worst possible way to settle this issue.
- The question was too vague. Remain in or leave the EU, but what about the single market? Freedom of movement? What kind of deal should we try to get? Norway model, fall back to WTO rules?
- The "debates" in the run up were awful, a complete shambles.
- The whole thing went post-truth almost immediately.
- Most voters were extremely ill informed, by design. They wanted to know things like what the economic consequences would be, what sort of deal we would try to get, and the leave campaign was careful to avoid offering a plan that could then provide answers to those questions.
- The while EU issue was conflated with immigration, which we could control today without leaving if we wanted to.