Posted: 24/06/2016 at 12:30
48.1% voted to remain.
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Yes, and 51.9% voted to leave. It's called democracy. A higher % in favour of the "winner" than in most other votes taken in the UK, be that parliamentary, union etc.
In the Scottish independence referendum 45% voted to leave and the government claimed it as a resounding victory. There is only a 3% difference in this one.
Interestingly too, voices are already being raised by some other EU leaders that things must change within the EU. I can only assume they are starting to worry that other countries will go the same way as the UK. Whether people thing we should be in or out, surely nobody really believes that the EU in its current form is really fit for purpose. There were supposed to be strict fiscal rules to stop member countries building up too much debt. Which was the first country to break those rules - Germany!
Likewise, strict criteria for eligibility to join the EU, but few if any of the more recent tranches of countries to join came anywhere close to fulfilling those requirements. That didn't stop them joining.