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Old 29.08.2016, 21:12
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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The sentiment to intentionally punish the UK is widespread amongst EU proponents. I've seen written papers and statements by EU proponents. I just wonder if this is acceptable to those who wished to remain, to injure the UK so that they can feel vindicated about the vote.
I think this comment is the bit where it starts to unravel. The intimation you make here is that "all" remain voters think the same way. That's kind of like saying "all" leave voters were motivated by immigration, which is patently not true.

Some remainers now don't see their preconceived fears coming true and maybe embrace the day Article 50 is triggered, others are grudgingly accepting of the result but have grave reservations while others are so angry about it they probably would cheer on the EU taking swipes at UK trade deals and weakening the economy in a "I told you so" kind of a way. You just can't lump groups of voters in the same pile. Everyone had their own (maybe misguided?) reasons and now has their own thoughts on it.

Conversely, there are many Brexiters who are ruing the day they voted leave and are feeling robbed of their 350 million quid they thought would be pouring into the NHS and wish they'd considered a remain vote.

I can't see how there would be "widespread" feeling to hurt your own country. It's more likely to be a small but angry (and loud) minority. My contacts/family back in the UK are still shaking their heads in disbelief or mentally punching the air in celebration, depending on who you talk to but there doesn't seem to be any show of extreme reactions.
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