Re: Goldsmith lost in Richmond because of it. Apparently.
"It's a bit like a doctor asking for consent to remove a badly damaged little finger that would be tricky to repair, and then, after you say ok go ahead, telling you he's actually taking it off at the wrist, or maybe the elbow."
I have heard many Leave voters saying "I voted for us to leave the whole lot/reduce immigration/some other thing".
Nope. You voted to leave the EU, because that was the question. You may have voted because of X, but that's not what you voted for.
The government would have fulfilled it's obligations* with respect to the referendum if we left the EU, but stayed in the EEA/EFTA. Doing any more than that is beyond the democratic mandate it has been given.
Although if they do that, a large bunch of Leavers will whinge that that's not what they meant or wanted.
No matter what happens, though, I'm fairly certain a majority will be unhappy with the result. Taking a few scenarios:
- Hard Brexit: I'm fairly certain that a decent chunk of people who voted Leave wanted a Soft Brexit of some description, enough to tip it over the 50% unhappy when you include the Remainers.
- Soft Brexit: A large proportion of the Leave side, plus a large proportion of the Remain side, would be unhappy, no matter the terms.
- Stay in EU: More than 50% voted Leave, so a majority unhappy (even including those who only voted in protest).
- Any option: All failures or downturns for many years to come will be blamed on the decision made by the Govt/Parliament on this, so at some point over the next decade or so, every person in the country will be unhappy with whatever decision has been made, unless that exactly fits with their own particular idea and they have not changed their opinion at all.
* I say "obligations", although it is not technically obliged to do anything at all, legally or procedurally.