I think that mindset is extremely important and something we should all remember. I voted leave and had I woken the next morning to a “Remain” decision, would have been a little sad, shrugged and got on with life. - So would the vast majority of the 17.4 million.
In just the same way the vast majority of the 16 million “Reman voters” would have been a little sad and just have got on with life.
I just been listening to a discussion between Rod Liddle and Brendan O’Neil where this was a part of the discussion. Liddle said that the demographic of the Remain and the Leave voters was very similatr except for approx 25% of “Remainers” who genuinely said that they dd not know anyone who voted “Leave” - This he said was true and that in BBC, Civil Service, Academia, Teaching etc that was literally true - 90% + voted Remain and literally did not know ANY “Leavers” whatsoever - Hence to them something must be defective with the vote and from that came the internal rationalisation of the possibility to deny the democratic majority vote. Thus the “classification” of Leavers as THick, old, white, male racists who simly did not understand the issues.
On the contrary, a good many of us on the “Leave” side genuinely believe that some of the “Remainers” did not properly understand,what that entails on an ongoing basis or possibly just did not care!
However I digress. It seems to me that
- Boris simply wants to hold the Conservative Party together. (Oh and “Beat Niget Farage” by taking away his whole USP). Now any delay beyond 31/10/19 would we believe be diastrous for the Conservative electability at the next General Election, Leaving on that date - almost irrespective of the nature of teh leave, as @tommor suggests. Personally I think the closer to May’s treaty, the smaller the majority of his Election Win - possibly even a Hung Parliament or the potential for a Corbyn Govt if the deal is really as bad as May’s ! - Nigel WIll punish him for a BAD DEAL !
- The EU - Have much dissent internally and many other countries are speaking for example of “Frexit”," Italexit", “Irexit”, even “Gerexit” is a possibility ! So clearly they have to make the exit (if any) of the UK as difficult and painful as humanly possible, to discourage others from “trying it on” - A second referendum is their preferred option and one they have used several times previously against other countries !
- The EU is frightened that a Clean Break Brexit will enable the UK to become a “Singapore” just off their shores and to become a highly successful trading Nation and an example to others as to what they could do if they left, as well as leaving a huge hole in the EU Budget, all of which is highly undesireable from their point of view - understandably so !
- The desperation of the EU to keep us in has led to them negotiating behing=d teh Governments back with the Labour Party, Bercow et al. This is entirely counter to EU own rules and several Countries will be unimpressed - This alone could just prompt one of tehm to vote against any extension !
- Last night “Our Moggy” dropped the hint on Radio 4 that the UK Govt could use the argument that “EU Law is stronger than UK Law” - which is cast in stone to say that "Article 50 is stronger than the “Benn Surrender Act” (Which some have dubbed the “Benn - Dover Act” ) and thus 31st October is cast in stone by EU Law - and argument several commentators ave been using for some weeks now. This may be true or it may be an enhancement of the “Bluff” aspect of negotiation. Nobody can say which for certain at this stage.
- There are other possibilities I have heard of but will keep to myself at this stage.
- Piers Morgan has forecast recently that “If no credible Brexit” occurs on 31/10/19, there will be such a Fury from the Brexiteers !" - I believe it was he who used the “Poll tax demos” as a comparison.
THere seems to be a consensus among those who are disillusioned by the current state of affairs that what this Brexit vote has actually revealed, is the utter contempt with which the “Establishment” view the rest of us - the “Electorate” That, as identified above by @tommor, is now probably a bigger issue than even Brexit itself and as Nigel Farage keeps saying - “The Genie is out of the bottle” - As to just what effect THAT will have in due course, on our democracy, one can only speculate.
Here is a quite short (14 minute) interview today of David Owen by Julia Hartley Brewer on Talk Radio.- sensible chat - which brings up the possibility of an exit through EEA - which nobody else has mentioned.