Surely all voting leave knew the risk. If not they voted in the blind. Surely sensible people wouldn't do that, would they?
I think often people hear or see what suits them best. We discount logical argument if we have our own agenda, watch news channels (or newspapers) which spell it out like we prefer to hear it. I know full well that a % of people voted on 'too many brown faces locally' & stories of the NHS which were not exactly true/accurate. So the question is how many of these type of people voted, based on inaccuracies & fearful type reporting. This tactic politicians seem to love, scare the sh**t out of the public, tell them a pack of lies to get policy the incumbent party wants and then we watch the mess unfold later.
Obama bought up an interesting point regarding social media & it's ability to inhibit us from the right type of information. Someone, I know continually re-shared 'right wing' aggressive (get them out of our country) type facebook posts, they kept popping up in my feed. I checked these stories and found most of them to be factually untrue. I mentioned this to my associate sharing (I don't agree with his views) & he said he never checked the news source, just re-shared and assumed the stories were true. He only got those type of news feeds as was associated with those type of groups - so the only news they saw, was that of generally a right-wing opinion - very much a case of one-sided news.
Social media is shaping the news we watch to our specific opinions and not providing information on both sides of the equation - so people go down a path and they stay there, with these type of negative misinformation (Russia or otherwise), convincing people the EU is Germany circa WW2, the NHS will be fine when we lock down the borders and free of the EU we can negotiate a better deal, than being in a group of 28.
Not realistic. But then, people aren't are they
Personally, it does look like NOW the EU is having to tackle the border/immigration issues in many other member countries, so I think if the UK had stayed in, this is something that could have been resolved from working within the EU, as I do think changes will need to be made. The EU really should have seen this coming and moved a little sooner to stop this - but ultimately its all on David Cameron for allowing the general public to vote on something they didn't understand fully & not helped by a lot of scaremongering and inaccurate news to influence the voters.