I've always thought that the referendum was mostly driven by ignorance because both sides spouted so much nonsense, but more and more I'm wondering if the primary motivation of the leave side isn't just good old fashioned racism and xenophobia.
The lack of any attempt to form a coherent argument to explain why they voted the way they did. I'm not just talking about here either, I'm active on multiple websites, (mainly news ones), and I keep hearing nothing but soundbites, blatant falsehoods and people blaming the EU for what they see as issues when the real responsibility lies either with themselves or with Parliament and the electorate.
And what's ALWAYS the focus? Immigration and not necessarily from EU countries either.
I'm genuinely beginning to think that I was way too generous in chalking it down to ignorance.
The two (or perhaps three) issues of taking back control of laws, borders and the reduction of expenditure were used by the leave side to hammer home the argument.
They don't need anything else because your average voter whose intellectual diet consists of reality TV and talent shows doesn't have the motivation to carry out the research for themselves and that's what the leaders seized upon to further their political ambitions (and possibly financial ones too).
Every country in the world has its share of undesirables (including our own) and yes, we need to crack down on these type of people but tarring everyone from country x or y with the same brush oversimplifies the reality.
Leaving the EU won't reduce the number of those on the move due to instability at home but that's too difficult to put in front of the electorate.
I think it's a case of many folks being easily lead which is of course always dangerous.
This whole Brexit nightmare was predicted by Yoda years ago.
Fear (of foreigners) leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate (of the EU).
Hate leads to suffering (of the entire UK if they're subjected to a No Deal Brexit).
For those interested in history this is sounding alarmingly familiar isn't it?