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The Brexit vote was an exercise in plebiscitary democracy; a direct appeal to the British people to state their voice on the UK’s continued membership to the European Union. However, the second most Googled question in the UK, after the vote took place on 23 June 2016 was 'What is the EU?'

What does this tell us, if anything, about the how fit citizens are to ‘rule’?

Long before the vote, studies have shown that much of the British public was ill-informed about the workings of the EU and the Referendum campaign did little to fill this gap in information. Contentious social issues were discussed at length, such as immigration, the NHS, and welfare, which arguably often had little to do with the UK’s membership in the EU. Both the Leave and the Remain campaigns were focused on portraying what life outside of the EU would look like, in practice having little to no ability to make such predictions. In light of the above, was turning to the wisdom of the people the right choice?

  • What were the pros and cons of the Brexit referendum?
  • Did the UK public know what they were voting for? Where they given the chance to be appropriately informed?
  • Is the Brexit Vote legitimate? Should the UK public vote directly on such big issues from now on?

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The idea of having a second referendum is ludicrous. We should be able to trust the democratic vote that we as a population made and we must now go through with this even if a large number of people do not agree with it.

Benjamin Ollerenshaw
by Benjamin Ollerenshaw
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Benjamin Ollerenshaw
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Brexit constitutes a major loss of rights for both UK and EU citizens, especially in light of Theresa Mays abandonment of the European convention on human rights and the stripping of the rights of many EU citizens within the UK. In the context of this and the push for a hard Brexit does the referendum represent a tyranny of the majority with regard to EU citizens in the UK and to the 48% of the population that voted to remain? 

Zeno Van Den Hoek
by Zeno Van Den Hoek
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Zeno Van Den Hoek

Whilst I do believe a second referendum on Brexit tomorrow would yield a different result, I think we have now gone too far. Personally, I favoured remain and still do so my argument is not that I simply prefer this result. I believe a second referendum would damn international opinion of the UK. To run back to the EU would make it appear that we don't think we could survive economically outside the EU - if we don't back our economy how can we expect foreign investors to? Even if we were...

Gina Hobbs
by Gina Hobbs
5 Votes
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Gina Hobbs

The British public didn't really know what they were voting for with Brexit, the facts were blurred and the truth was lost to two-sided propaganda. Not only did people not really understand Brexit, most were fairly certain that the result was sure to be Remain so they thought "well ideologically no EU is great, not practically but voting Leave won't really do any harm". The idea that our protests to the circumstances of the referendum are mere wishful thinking is absurd and if people really...

Caitlin McDonald-Curry
by Caitlin McDonald-Curry
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Caitlin McDonald-Curry

Us younger generation id not get to vote on something that will effect are future, what do you believe should of been done? voting age lowered? older generation losing their votes? What's your opinion as I can't quite make up my mind, I think its one of the most difficult aspects about the referendum 

Amelia Young
by Amelia Young
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Amelia Young

In my opinion, the voters and the public should hold themselves with more responsibility over the outcome of Brexit; it is all fair and well blaming politicians for misleading and 'lying' to the public but surely we should take it into our own hands to inform ourselves and make the vote that we truly support, instead of complaining about the result when it is too late.

Tory Robbins
by Tory Robbins
5 Votes
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Tory Robbins

The citizens of the UK did not have enough information to make an educated decision. Many people were manipulated by campaigns and social media. This is the reason why many people are calling for a second referendum.  Asymmetric information 

Anastasia Hale
by Anastasia Hale
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Anastasia Hale

Whether you're leave or remain, the fact remains that politicians lied to us and misinformed us regarding what the outcomes of Brexit would be. In reality nobody knows. not them, not you, not me. However we do now know that much of the information that we were led to believe was inaccurate and an attempt to scaremonger us into voting one way or another. Should we have listened to these corrupt 'facts'? Should we have another referendum? 

holly davis
by holly davis
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holly davis

Were the Generations above our parents in a position to vote? Are they living in this day and age? Are they stuck in the dark ages? Do they want Britain back how it was 'in the good old days'? 

holly davis
by holly davis
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holly davis

I believe the UK public knew what they were voting for to the extent they could of. More was going to come out after the referendum as naturally at time goes on more information is discovered and understood. The Brexit vote is legitimate people voted what they wanted, our democracy is not corrupt. If we had a second referendum it would make our country look weak and it would obviously change as time has gone on people have had more time to think and more information to understand.

Amelia Young
by Amelia Young
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