The EU Referendum – elation and anger
I was not going to stay up and watch the EU Referendum results, but I did. Fascinating stuff and that was before the result was declared. The ‘Exiters’ won the vote by 51.9%. The only really thing the pollsters got right was it was a close result.
In Cornwall 323,442 voted from 419,755 eligible voters. A 77.07% turnout. Cornwall voted to leave.
- Remain 140,540 (43.45%)
- Leave 182,665 (56.48%)
- Rejected papers 237
I had hoped both campaigns would be run on honest facts and reasons. However, both referendum campaigns were full of half-truths, manipulating figures and lies. No side has come out of the campaign looking particularly good.
Yet two days after the results, I am surprised at the comments being made on social media with even a petition calling for the referendum to be held again. We live in a democracy. More people voted out than in this referendum. That is what happens in elections, surprise surprise the winner is the one with the most votes. Be disappointed, with the result but let’s keep it in perspective.
A decision has been made; we need to get on with it together. It is that simple. It really is un-British to have this venomous back-biting and hatred.
As for the petition, would the same people be calling for a re-run if remain had won? No they would not. In fact they would be crying foul and saying that it is undemocratic. A democracy is not asking you to vote and re-vote until the vote goes your way.
Though you might not know, this referendum was not what you call a ‘binding’ vote (unlike the AV referendum). The Government could/can ignored it. But that’s highly unlikely, more so with the PM stepping down post the result.
Maybe the disappointment should be levelled at the political elite in the EU. Both sides of the referendum campaign have said the EU needs reform. The EU would not reform. It took the attitude of we do not have to. I bet those elites wished they had now. Or had been more receptive when the PM asked for reform. Instead the EU shut the door on his face. If the EU had showed it was willing to reform, I doubt this referendum would have taken place.
This Country, Great Britain is in unknown territory. But have faith, we will find our feet. It might be a bumpy journey, but we will get there and survive. It is not the end of the world as some are predicting.
I will leave you with this. Maybe we should heed Oddball’s advice