Because of its impact, I’ve been feeling a little bit sick since the UK referendum voted to leave the EU. Speaking with others today, it’s clear I’m not alone.
I’m not here to comment on which way other people decided to vote last week, but in the last few days the public has learned that the referendum campaigns were run on the basis of misleading information, mindless propaganda and a lack of transparency.
We in the UK were left more confused with little in the way of information to help us in our decision-making. Many of us based our decisions on a lack of understanding, an information vacuum about what would happen if we voted to come out. Because of this, I personally believe the referendum result shouldn’t count.
Negative propaganda, misinformation and personal vendettas explained the final decision of the Brexit vote. Because we weren’t given the information we needed to make informed choices, it makes the final count even more wrong. Perhaps the incoming new Prime Minister now needs to address this.
The vote was neither balanced, representative nor fair and didn’t truthfully address the role of the UK within the EU post leave. This has also been noted by EU leaders in Brussels. I am sure more people will have voted to stay in the EU, had they been given the truthful facts about the implications of leaving.
Since the UK vote for us to come out of the EU, a poll has now suggested that a million people in the UK now regret their leave decisions. It clearly wasn’t right. If as we believe now that we are coming out of the EU, we have many years of uncertainty, economically, socially and politically.
If the vote had been fair, I believe the outcome would have been different and wouldn’t have seemed so damaging because the vote will have been more informed. This needs addressing by all political parties, which was every man for himself and which is why we’re now leaving the EU.
In the meantime the UK are now entitled to lobby their local MP’s, to put pressure on the Government to re-look at the handling and outcome of the vote and to address all injustices, as outlined by the media and in my blog here.
Had the campaign on all sides been handled appropriately, this would have resulted in a fair and proper debate and the public would not now feel aggrieved and cheated. This goes for both sides of the argument.