Here’s the most incredible things the Vote Leave camp have said since winning (VIDEO, TWEETS)

Elizabeth Mizon

As the first consequences of Brexit are felt, many of those who voted for it are openly expressing shock and regret. Both politicians and citizens have backtracked on the things they seemed to hold true up to and including 23 June, in an eventful day that has proved quite a surprise for millions of people – on both sides, including Vote Leave.

Here’s a rundown of the most incredible things said today by the Vote Leave camp, and those whose votes called it.

  1. “Whoops.”

The most baffling responses are from those who have expressed shock and/or regret specifically because they didn’t realise their vote would actually count. Apparently, lots of people voted leave only so remain wouldn’t ‘win big’, rather than actually wanting to tip the result.

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In the wake of the news of a Brexit this morning, the BBC interviewed voters in Manchester – one of whom stated that though he’d voted leave yesterday, he’s now “quite worried” at the “magnified” uncertainty of it all:

My vote – I didn’t think was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain.

The David Cameron resignation has blown me away to be honest.

For how long were these voters not paying attention?! The Leave campaign was leading in the polls for a significant time, and for the rest of the lead up to the referendum the results were neck and neck. There was never any reason to believe that any vote wouldn’t count.

This interview with student Mandy Suthi is going viral, after she confirmed that while her entire family voted to leave, they all woke up to realise that “we had really left the EU” and the “regrets are filling in”. She noted that she wished she had the chance to vote again, and if she did, would vote remain.

Again, it seems surprising to some voters that there would be any negative consequences to voting leave. A quick glance at the headlines – even if you didn’t agree with the remain camp – would have shown prediction after prediction from politicians and the highest economic bodies that the UK economy could be affected simply by a drop in confidence in the market. It’s early days – no need for catastrophising just yet – but this morning’s events haven’t taken anyone who has been paying attention by surprise.

She also mentioned that she was surprised at Cameron’s resignation. Again, that the PM, who was staunchly pro-Remain, might not take the country forward through the Brexit procedure, was something generally considered a given.

2. I’m alright, Jack

Even more frustrating is the decision by some who were aware it would negatively impact other groups, and didn’t care. An elderly woman who appeared on Radio 4 this morning briefly let on just how dismissive she is of the impact of Brexit on Britain’s youth. Young people will have to live far longer through this uncertainty, and she admitted that while she was aware of this, she was pleased with the result because it wouldn’t affect her personally.

3. “Sorry, we lied.”

By the time breakfast TV coverage awoke, Farage had already been out for hours promoting himself. It didn’t go down too well on Good Morning Britain, however, when he was asked directly if he could guarantee that his camp’s main campaigning point would still stand: a rerouting of the money we pay to the EU into the NHS. Farage quickly and simply answered ‘no’, and then blamed it on the Vote Leave camp who’d “ostracised” him, without even attempting to pretend that he was ever for it.

Clearly, the gloves are off and Farage will use this win as a boost for his deceitful political campaigns in the future. Presenter Susanna Reid rightly probed him on it and pointed out that it was the centre of the leave campaign’s “propaganda”. Farage did not deny it, or defend his having so immediately backtracked.

4. “What were we voting for again?”

Google has revealed that, according to their UK search data this morning, the second most popular EU-related search was conducted to find out what the EU actually is. Considering the impressive turnout in the referendum, statistically a majority of these searches will have come from people who already voted on it one way or another. So there will be people on both sides of the vote who cast their vote for something they didn’t understand and hadn’t bothered to Google yet.

The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 – until someone round here invokes Article 50 – member states which consists of a Parliament, two Councils, a Commission, a court, an investigatory audit agency, a central bank, a single-market, an area of free-movement, a bunch of treaties that dictate its working, and a bit of solidarity apparently surpassed by bad feeling towards it. I know this because I just looked at the first few paragraphs of its Wikipedia page and am paying attention to the news.

At least there’s one positive message from the Vote Leave camp though, one we can rely on. And it’s even more likely, as of this morning, that it might have come from our next Prime Minister.

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