The only clear thing the referendum tells us is the the British public is split on the EU. Here are the accurate results, according to the Electoral Commission's statitstics
The registered electorate for this referendum was 46,500,001 voters
Leave vote = 17,410,742
Leave vote = 51.853% of the vote of which total votes cast = 33,577,342 or 72.209% of eligible votersLeave vote = 37.442% of eligible voters
Remain vote = 16,141,241
Remain vote = 48.072% of the voteRemain vote = 34.712% of eligible voters
Rejected votes = 25,359
Rejected votes = 0.076% of the vote
Rejected votes = 0.054% of eligible voters
Did not vote = 12,922,659Did not vote = 27.791% of eligible voters
In other words, 62.558% of the UK electorate did not vote to leave the EU
. Unlike a general election, for which the consequences of a vote only last 5 years, the consequences of this vote will last for decades. The pro-Brexit side started the petition when they thought they were going to lose, so I am under no illusions that we would have heard the end of this had Remain won. Such has been the way of the small-minded bigots who engineered the campaign (note I am NOT calling those who voted to leave small minded bigots but those who ran the campaign to leave over the last 20 years
), to refuse to accept that any view but their own matters and to repeatedly lie and cheat and misrepresent the truth.
The biggest lie in this referendum wasn't the lie about £350,000,000 a week going to the EU from Britain or the lie that if we exited the EU we would end immigration or even the lie that we could walk away from the EU and continue to have excellent trading relations with other nations. Already the dire forecasts of the consequences of Brexit which are now starting to come true were scaremongering. It is not scaremongering to tell the people the truth and to warn them of the consequences of stupid choice.
It is lying, however, to suggest that by voting leave we will get Great Britain back. Great Britain has never been gone, but it will be gone soon. Even if we somehow stay in the EU, the Scots will never stay in the UK and in all likelihood the Northern Irish won't either. With the costs of Brexit weighing heavily on the treasury the UK government will not be able to afford the cost of the troops in Northern Ireland that kept that it in the UK during the euphemistically named "troubles".
The only way that someone could see this vote as the best thing that could happen to Britain would be either if that person sought the destruction of the UK as it stands or if they were following Caesar's maxim that "men believe what they will no matter what evidence to the contrary they see." By leaving the EU, we will be destroying the chances of a prosperous future for ourselves and our children. What have we gained in return? Another recession, the scorn of the civilised world and the destruction of the union.