Brexit happened because some people voted for it. This page will attempt to answer the underlying question: why did they vote for Leave?
The United Kingdom European Union membership referendum (Brexit referendum) took place on 23 June 2016 in the United Kingdom (UK), and Gibraltar. The electorate voted on whether the country should remain a member of, or leave, the European Union (EU).
Brexit happened because 51.9% of the votes in the EU referendum, from the 72.21% of eligible voters who took part, were for leaving the EU. And politicians decided to enforce the result, even though the referendum was legally non-binding.
But what factors influenced the vote? Here are a few examples:
Corrupt politicians & neoliberalism: The Vote Leave #Brexit Con Trick
Lies: Reasons why Brexit is not valid
Conservatism: On the importance of hope and optimism during Brexit and Trump
Fake nationalism: Boris Johnson and fake Brexit nationalism
Nostalgia & social media: Brexit explained in three tweets
Cultural dementia: Brexit, empire and cultural dementia. David Andress demolishes lazy nationalism
Fake news: Brexit and carelessness
Lobbying from the U.S. Daniel Hannan. Who is he? Who funds him and what do they want?
Eventually, this page will answer the question: “what are the reasons that caused the vote for Brexit to happen?” in more detail.
The answers will be split into three sections:
- The reasons voters gave, inc. polling
- The arguments politicians made
- The structural forces that experts described
This page is a work in progress.