EU Referendum: How the tone of the UK has changed

EU Referendum: How the tone of the UK has changed

Nigel Farage, UKIP leader.

Editorial Team

The latest result of the EU referendum, has raised the issue of Euroscepicism that was not studied carefully over the years since the UK’s membership.

Back in 1973, the UK decided to join the European Economic Community (what is was called before), which was quite a controversial matter at the time. It was later in 1975 where a referendum was held on solidifying the membership of the EU with a 67% majority in favour of remaining members.

Over the years the European Union grew to be a significant part of the global economy.

However, as the EU began to expand and more countries were given free-movement passes, this increased the concern on what the population of the country would be in future years to come.

The rise of Euroscepticism began creating tensions in communities not just in the United Kingdom, but also around Europe, and especially with the recent “exodus” of migrants from the Middle East.

June 24, 2016

EU Referendum results map (center).
EU Referendum results map (center).

The country decided in a 51.9% to 48.1% win in favour of leaving the European Union.

In the immediate short-run, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that he would resign once the negotiations have started. He stated that the public needed a “fresh leadership” to pilot the country. Shortly afterwards, the Scottish First Minister said that a second independence referendum would be “highly likely” and definitely “on the table”.

What does this mean for Scotland?

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon campaigning for the 'Yes' vote.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon campaigning for the ‘Yes’ vote.

One thing that should be said is that out of a total population of around 5.2 million (2011), 2.6 million turned out to vote in this referendum. Out of that 2.6 million around 1.66 million voted to remain in the EU, leaving a difference of almost 650,000 (1.01 million) from the leave campaigners.

So when broken down, 1.6 million people of the registered 4.2 million people voted to leave the United Kingdom. This does not prove to be successful campaign for a Scottish referendum, especially when the independence fighters conceded defeat in a 55.25% to 44.65% turnout in favour of the ‘No’ vote.

If you look closer in the numbers, only 1.6 million voted ‘Yes’ and 2 million voted ‘No’. But this was out of a 3.6 million ballots counted.

With these numbers it seems that the Scottish referendum will have a highly unlikely turnout in favour of the ‘Yes’ vote.

An angry population?

A lot of spectators said the tone of the campaign from both sides was very aggressive. From scaremongering to “project fear”, the public received information of all sorts on whether the UK remains a member of the EU.

It first started out with claims like “World War 3” would start in the event of a “Brexit”, then it led to a “misleading” £350m that is paid into the EU.

But as the results were looming, the social media outlets took the heckling to another level, as the hashtag #iVotedLeave #SuggestAJobForFarage began to trend on twitter.

As the YouGov poll had predicted a clear “remain” vote, many had taken to social media to already begin deciding what job will UKIP leader Nigel Farage be doing next. While some went towards some funny gestures, others took it to the next level.

What is next for Britain?

In order to remove a country from the EU, Article 50 needs to be initiated. However, there has been no set date in which the process will start. Members of the EU commission have been pressing MPs to speed up the process of Article 50, however, this is mostly fueled by the rise of nationalists and right-wing politicians.

BBC Article 50 process

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Jun 24, 2016 6:49 pm

The campaign was quite aggressive on both sides and really disturbing on a few occasions. At the end of the day, millions of people went out to vote and we just have to respect the decision of the British people and carry on. It is the media that made it all worse with biased reporting many times.

Jun 24, 2016 6:58 pm

The remain campaign was nothing but project fear and this went badly for them. You had Bob Geldof shouting obscenities during that famous flotilla scenes on the Thames. That was totally classless and so many other shameful slurs were thrown all over the place did not help too. Blames went Farage as the baddie as usual and truly disgusting!

Jun 24, 2016 7:11 pm

Farage and the British population won against the establishment and big businesses. This is history being made right in front of our eyes.

Jun 24, 2016 7:18 pm

Farage and Boris got all the flack for this EU Referendum. The country owes them big.