Buyer’s remorse sets in over EU exit by UK voters
LONDON - As the dust settled on Monday on the unexpected referendum result in Britain last Thursday, many ‘Brexit’ supporters were beginning to have buyer’s remorse over the vote to exit from the European Union.
At least one million people who voted ‘Leave’ have expressed their regret in a survey, including Kelvin Mackenzie, a former editor of The Sun, a tabloid that had encouraged its readers to vote out. Writing of his regret in voting to leave, he said, “To be truthful I am fearful of what lies ahead.”
A petition, which was started by the Brexit campaigners ahead of the referendum asking for a second vote if the result was narrow, had more than 3.8 million signatures on it by Monday evening, even after tens of thousands of probable fraudulent signatures were removed.
The Labour MP David Lammy has called for a legislative vote. He said politicians could “stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end”, as he pointed to the possible destruction of the UK economy “on the basis of lies and the hubris of Boris Johnson”, the MP who led the ‘Leave’ campaign. Although technically possible that the House of Commons could vote the referendum result down, this is extremely unlikely to happen.
Regardless of the nation’s remorse, the problem now facing Britain is that the European Union leaders are pressing for the talks for the British exit to begin immediately, having stated that they are not prepared to wait for the British Conservative Party to sort out its leadership crises before addressing the terms of the UK departure.
However, it has emerged this weekend that the leaders of the Brexit campaign do not have any strategy or plan in place to handle the exit negotiations, possibly because they never expected to actually win.
There is no indication of what they would ask for or how they would get what they want as the country pulls out of the EU, which Britain has been a member of for more than 40 years, or what they would put in place to replace the economic and social vacuum the exit will create.
There has also been a surge of racist incidents across the country, fueled by the result. The Polish community and Muslims appear to be bearing the brunt of the messages of hate telling them to “go home”. By Monday, morning more than one hundred incidents of racial abuse and hate crime had been reported to the authorities.
By Cayman News Services