You seem to be convinced that the people who voted to leave the EU are little more than gullible fools too stupid to figure out that the "Leave" side wasn't always entirely honest...as though the "Stay" side was!
How do you tell when a politician is lying? Their lips are moving...
I'm sure that the majority of those that voted to leave the EU did so in good faith, and for, to them at least, good reasons. Without knowing what specifically those reasons were I can't really comment on whether I'd agree with them or not, nor the reason for any disagreement I might have with those reasons. I do not, generally, question the intelligence of voters on either side.
We're all guilty of being gullible (if you care to term it in such a negatively emotive fashion) however, at some point, on some subjects, and, given the way that our brains work, it can be, in the right circumstances, relatively easy to 'push our buttons', thus sidestepping any rational thought processes we might otherwise have used, in favour of a quick, and wrong, 'answer'.
I suspect it was exactly this kind of sneering arrogance by supporters of "Stay" along with their obvious belief that money is the answer to all questions, that played a pivotal role in yesterday's vote.
I'm sorry that you consider my post to be sneering. I'm sorry if it came across as arrogant to you. Neither was my intention.
I'm also sorry that a single mention of a monetary figure within my post was enough to 'convince' you that I'm motivated by money, or that I believe money is the answer to all questions. Nothing could actually be further from the truth. The fact is though that many people are motivated by money, or, more strongly, motivated by fear of losing what money they have. It is this last point that both sides of the, to my mind ugly public campaign, focused on to a large extent.
I guess you could say that any of the factors that played a role in people's decision making process were the pivotal factor, at the end of the day it only takes one final straw, whichever one that happens to be among the many.
And speaking of straws, at the end of the day that's what I'm clutching at. I am desperate, and can you blame me? We have been a member of the EU for two, possibly three, generations now. While it certainly has issues, it is be no means perfect, it has had a positive impact on all our lives in the areas of consumer regulations, employment law, the environment, and, almost certainly though more controversially, the economy. And that's just for starters...
The results were so close that I think it would be fair to say that there is, currently, no clear cut mandate to make such a radical and irreversible change to the way this country operates, both locally and on the international stage. A second referendum would clear that up. People, pretty much everybody, from both sides of the debate, are now much more aware of what the outcome of leaving will be. A second referendum would give everybody the opportunity to benefit from that awareness. And if the vote goes the same way there can be no denying the informed will of the people, and it will go a long way towards healing any rifts between the two sides of the campaign, politically and socially.