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QOTW: How do you feel after the EU referendum?

by Parm Mann on 1 July 2016, 16:31

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The HEXUS QOTW typically visits matters pertaining to the world of technology, but in our 18 years as the UK’s number one independent technology news and reviews website, we don't recall many weeks as tumultuous as the last.

As you've no doubt heard, the UK has voted to leave the EU. Over 33.5 million votes were cast in last week's referendum, representing a 72.2 per cent turnout. The leave campaign claimed a majority with 17.4 million votes (51.9 per cent) against the 16.1 million (48.1 per cent) who chose remain.

On both sides of the fence, the outcome has elicited a mixed response in what has become one of the most emotive decisions of the 21st century. There are endless stories to be heard and many topics to pore over. The HEXUS readership is is a unique audience of IT professionals, enthusiasts and influencers, so for this week's question we're asking, quite simply: how do you feel after the EU referendum? Feel free to share your thoughts using the comments facility below.



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Personally I think it is going to be the best thing for the UK in the long run, but the best news in my mind was David Cameron resigning.
Potbellieddwarf
Personally I think it is going to be the best thing for the UK in the long run, but the best news in my mind was David Cameron resigning.
Spot on. This was the catalyst for the true sentiment to be exhibited in more countries than just the UK.
Not sure it makes a lot of difference either way. The government will have the same problems to deal with, and all that has happened is we have taken one tool from thier hands. They will have to adapt, and do the same things a different way.

The campaign was very much apples-and-oranges as the economic and soveriegnty areguments were not opposites of the same thing, but almost orthoganal. The reality and post-decision arguements will be the same.

But “Real Politique” - it will all be what it is in the end. And in the absence of a controlled experiment, there can be no absolute conclusion over whether it was right or wrong. Al post-priori argument will be just as much a matter of opinion as the a-priori campaigns.
I think a lot of voters didn't/don't know enough about EU membership, the single market and the costs & benefits of membership.

I think there was a lot of protest voting against Cameron.

I think the media is too focused on people who voted because of a dislike of Eastern Europeans.

I think the US media has been very hypocritical as I can't imagine anyone in the US wanting to be part of a Union of most of the countries in the Americas where a council of un-elected bureaucrats get to make decisions ranging from preventing the deportation of convicted criminals to the maximum wattage of a vacuum cleaner.

I'm concerned that, for the second time in recent history, we are going to have a Prime Minister who was not voted for.
Yeah, England and Wales.

Cornwall (voted leave): We will still get our massive EU funding, right?
Yorkshire (voted leave): We will still get our massive EU funding, right?
Wales (voted leave): We will still get our massive EU funding, right?

Nope.

The only good thing is that it's shaking up the political establishment, dislodged Hameron, killed off Boris, and so on. Problem is the Tory candidates are all terrible horrible people.