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Brexit: Many 'Leave' supporters regret their vote, blame politicians

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 25, 2016, 2:12 pm IST
Updated Jun 25, 2016, 2:51 pm IST
Some 'Leave' voters now claim they did not think their vote would make a difference.
While some Brexit voters felt they had been conned by political leaders, others felt they voted on impulse. (Photo: AP)
 While some Brexit voters felt they had been conned by political leaders, others felt they voted on impulse. (Photo: AP)

Within a day after Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU) by a margin of 52% to 48%, many people who chose ‘Leave’ now seem to be regretting it.

As the results trickled in on Friday, reality began to hit not only those who had voted ‘Remain’, but also those who had wanted Britain out of EU.

 

Read: From London gamblers to US money managers, Brexit shocked pundits

Some 'Leave' voters now claim they did not think their vote would make a difference, or that they didn’t think twice before voting.

“I’m shocked and worried. I voted ‘Leave’ but didn’t think my vote would count – I never thought it would actually happen,” a man who claimed to have voted ‘Leave’, told the BBC in an interview.

Mandy Suthi, another pro-Brexit voter, told the Evening Standard that she would vote differently if the referendum was held again. “I was very disappointed about the result, even though I voted to leave, this morning I woke up and the reality did actually hit me. If I had the opportunity to vote again, it would be to stay.” Suthi said.

 

One voter called Adam from Manchester also regretted his decision to choose 'Leave'. “I didn’t think that was going to happen. My vote – I didn’t think was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain,” he said. Adam added that UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation immediately after the results was shocking for him. “The David Cameron resignation has blown me away to be honest. I think the period of uncertainty we’re going to have for the next few months has been magnified, so I’m quite worried,” he said.

 

Read: 'Leave as soon as possible': European Union to Britain after Brexit vote

Susan, a caller on a UK radio show, revealed she felt “a bit sick” and had a “lump in her throat” after voting for Brexit. She then accused leading Brexit campaigners of ‘conning’ her with the pledge to invest the UK’s £350 million weekly contribution to the EU in the NHS instead.

Others vented out their frustrations at having voted wrongly on Twitter.

Interestingly, a petition has been started in favour of a second referendum by those who want the results reversed. Meanwhile, another bizarre petition wants London to declare itself an independent city state and remain part of the European Union.

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