Yeah I don't know who I blame more. UKIP people or Cameron.
Kind of, I mean this was a completely unforced error by Cameron. He had high ranking Tories telling him so from the very start too.
Exactly. Still, you never know when you take certain liberties in a language that is not your first.
UKIP drove it more, but Cameron was PM and should have been more responsible and avoiding a gamble that a popular referendum is. (on almost any topic!)
Well, I think "blame" has to go to Cameron. The far right extremists are as dumb as a pound of gravel, Cameron on the other hand should've known better. Then again, what do you expect from a professional politician?
But blame doesn't help anyone. The real, underlying problem remains. The far-right movement, across all of Europe, is gaining massive traction. France, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Italy...you name it. Heck, even in Germany the relatively new AfD party is at close to 20% in national polls, and rising. This isn't just a sudden Zeitgeist phenoma, either.
And the similarities to Trump's rise in the US are more than just superficial or accidental. Ironically, these nationalists are connected through the internet like never before, where they continue to spread their crazy, xenophobic half-truths. The very real fear is that the Brexit was only the first domino to fall, which is why it is so important to make this as hard and painful as possible for the UK.
The thing is there have already been motions to do a revote. But I don't think the UK can do that (or ignore the results, even if nonbinding) and retain any sort of credibility.
Yeah, I've heard they started a petition to do a 2nd referendum, on the basis that voter turnout was only 72%, and the final result was so close. Close to 2 million people already signed it, but I'm skeptical regarding the legitimacy of such a petition.
In the end, this isn't just a matter of credibility, it would also mean political suicide for...professional politicians.
3) Long term the economic picture will recover.
Uh-hu, sure, if you ignore that England on it's own has as much economic clout as, say, Macedonia. Good luck competing with the new economic super powers on the world market and getting favorable deals done.
I hope you guys already booked your refresher courses in russian and mandarin, you'll need it if you want to communicate with your new bosses. Their companies can't wait to prey upon ye olde english market.