- 30 Jan 2018
The problem is that it was never that clear. You would assume that we would leave the single market, as Cameron said at one point: "The British public would be voting if we leave would be to leave the EU and leave the single market. We’d then have to negotiate a trade deal from outside with the European Union."It’s covering* old ground this argument.
When the vote took place I don’t believe that people were considering whether they’d like this to stay or go. They clearly voted out and Cameron told us we would be out, no customs union, no single market etc
In the end what we have is government going against the electorate and the EU doing more than their level best to keep us in.
We should be out and be saving £12 billion a year. Negotiate treaties when we leave
However, there was a lot of confusion and downright obfuscation on this point, with different people saying different things about how much access we'd have to the single market. So the argument that all 17.4 million people knew exactly what they were voting for doesn't really hold water.
This is helpful: https://fullfact.org/europe/what-was-promised-about-customs-union-referendum/