The realization that the United Kingdom continues to slowly sink in, particularly for those who actually voted for it.
Many of the warnings written off by Vote Leave as Project Fear are now coming to fruition, as the pound continues to drop in value and the threat of a recession becomes increasingly likely. An online petition calling for a new referendum had also been circulating, having already garnered nearly 4 million signatures.
Furthermore, folks at both ends of the political spectrum are fighting over who to blame for Thursday’s vote. On the left, 13 Labour shadow cabinet ministers resigned from their posts, as a no confidence motion seems possible against leader Jeremy Corbyn for not campaigning hard enough for Remain. Meanwhile, the Leave campaign finds itself reneging on most of its promises, including cutting immigration and increasing funding to the NHS, both critical issues that had to power to sway people one way or the other.
The revelation that Leave campaigners were spreading lies can be personified by that big red bus that Boris Johnson toured around the country. On the side of the bus it read that “We send the EU £350 million a week, let’s fund our NHS instead.” Not only is the real number closer to half of that claimed, but there was never any real intention to actually use the money to fund Britain’s healthcare system, especially since the money would still need to go to Europe if the UK intended to remain in the single market. The only difference would be that they would no longer have a say in what the money will be spent on.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has already made clear that the NHS claim was a “mistake,” though of course he waited until a few hours after declaring victory to say so. Another “mistake” was his pro-Leave poster showing Syrian refugees under the caption “Breaking Point,” despite the fact that Syria is obviously not an EU member and thus its citizens are not covered by free movement laws.
But telling the truth about, well, anything, would be less frightening. And that could have cost them the result that they were so desperate to achieve.