If Cameron had had even a single braincell then the EURef would have had that explicitly as the alternative. Having no alternative in the EURef was utterly criminal, and probably should be made constitutionally illegal. We didn't have voting Ref as a choice between FPTP and any other alternative, we had two options and picked status quo. I presume that a commitment to seek leaving the EU in preference of attempting to negotiate EFTA membership as the alternative to remaining in the EU was seen as too plausible. But in the absence of an alternative the space was filled by the utopian unicorn offerings of the anti-globalist left and right.
The whole thing was poorly thought through. Today Farage was banging on about how everyone voted for hard brexit, and they would be up in arms if that doesn't come about. I just don't think he gets how little understanding there was (on both sides) about what leave meant. For some that was a reason to stay, for others it didn't matter as they wanted to throw a stick in the spokes. No one knew what the hell was supposed to happen. Cameron - what a tool.
Well quite. Also, whilst the pro-brexit media have created this message that project fear was bollocks, the economy is great etc etc. If you look at the actual ONS figures, since brexit every quarter inflation has been higher than wage growth. Again
. We've only felt pain from brexit for absolutely no gain.
f**king terrible time for a seating government to call an election. May vapidly chased polling figures, and has got her just deserts.