Brexit happened because some people voted for it. This page will answer the real question: what are the underlying reasons that led to the votes 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.
This page will answer the question: what are the reasons that caused the vote for Brexit to happen?
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.