Brexit Flash Quiz Notes: Why did the voters vote themselves out of the EU? David Cameron promised to have the referendum, but he said that to appease the people) his political party is the tories Euroskeptics everywhere Basically he thought there was a group that wanted out of the EU and wanted to appease them by saying they would have a referendum but he didn’t expect it to actually happen The referendum was held june 23 rd by a margin of 52% to 48% Britain voted themselves out of the EU US does not do national referendums like the UK does and the electoral college Largest voter turnout in UK in the last 25 years, 72% of voters came out Why? Significant portion of Eurosketiptics in UK as well as any other EU country, Latvia, Iceland Some believe that the EU is not that democratic 28 member states (soon to be 27) They didn’t think they are properly represented in the EU and that the EU laws are not their laws Biggest issue: Immigration (tipping point) Hundreds of thousands of African and middle east immigrants, Syrian civil war Nobody on either side of the political spectrum thought this would pass (pro stay or pro leave) There was no plan because everyone was so surprised that it passed General displeasure and angst Most crucial part: Boyer thinks that 52% really really wanted to leave the EU Why are people who voted to leave having second thoughts?
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- Fall '08