So, have we all let Brexit sink in just yet?
Britain voted to leave the EU with a 52-48 split, with Leave winning with 51.9 per cent of the total vote to Remain’s 48.1 per cent after the final count.
It’s a decision that has already sent massive shockwaves through UK politics, prompting the resignation of David Cameron and a number of the shadow cabinet resigning in revolt against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The value of the pound has already dropped massively, hitting a 31-year low at one point. Sinn Fein are calling for a united Ireland, Scotland is looking at a new independence referendum, and even London is reportedly considering a future away from the UK.
Oh, and this has all happened in the space of just the first 48 hours in this brave new EU-free world.
Ultimately, the main protagonists behind the Vote Leave campaign, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, have promised the Leave contingent a shit ton of stuff if we voted out, including spending commitments to the sum of £111 billion.
But are their promises achievable or is it all just a lot of false hope?
Well, it unfortunately seems like the duo don’t have a bloody clue about what they’re actually going to do now Brexit has happened for real.
I would go as far as saying that I’d probably trust the re-negotiation of the UK’s future trade deals with the EU more with Basil Brush and Soo from The Sooty Show then a Johnson/Gove partnership. To be fair, Soo was always the voice of reason.
Anyway, here’s just a few of the things the Leave campaign promised that probably won’t be coming true anytime soon:
We won’t see a fall in immigration
No-one in the Leave campaign ever actually gave any target figures to curb migration – at any time, ever.
Leave campaigner Nigel Evans MP said there had been ‘some misunderstanding’ over the Leave campaign’s position on reducing immigration, with Conservative MEP Dan Hannan adding that people expecting immigration to come down will be ‘disappointed’.
This is probably because Brexit also won’t affect the levels of non-EU immigrants or illegal immigrants.
An extra £100 million a week won’t be going to the NHS
— Rob Windscheffel (@RWindscheffel) June 24, 2016
After hailing victory and ‘independence day’ for Britain, UKIP leader Nigel Farage was forced to admit that this NHS figure simply wasn’t true when he was confronted by Susanna Reid on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
When he was asked whether he could guarantee the bold pledge promoted on the Leave battle bus would be delivered on, he said: “No I can’t”, adding it was a ‘mistake’.
— Klaas Reese (@Sportkultur) June 24, 2016
We won’t get our sovereignty back
With David Cameron resigning in the midst of his referendum experiment, it looks like we are now going to get a new prime minister by the end of the year.
This will be a shortlist of two people, nominated by MPs and not by the British public. This unelected leader could technically hold office completely unopposed until a general election has to be called in three years time.
Talking of unelected officials, we can’t also forget about the House of Lords, of course. That’s still a thing.
The economy isn’t going to be better off outside the EU
The night after Brexit, the UK economy had already dropped from the fifth largest in the world to the sixth, behind France.
It’s estimated that £200 billion has already been taken away from the value of the UK stock market, or in better terms, almost a quarter of a century’s worth of UK contributions to the EU.
We won’t be saving £350 million a week
The Leave campaign’s claims that the UK gives £350 million a week to the EU has been well and truly torn apart, with many estimating that the real figure lies at around £160 million a week after the rebate.
Oh, and that doesn’t include money that the EU spends on us directly, in grants to British researchers, let’s say for instance.
But, of course, that didn’t stop them emblazoning it on their battle bus right up until the very end.
Good job guys!