Posted: 10/11/2016 at 14:36
Those unelected officials in Brussels had a fair number of Brits in the mix as each country sends civil servants to fill the various roles of admin and policy making in all the various departments from agriculture thru foreign policy, health and safety and trade deals. Now the UK is having to spend millions hiring and training negotiators for its "independent" trade deals etc to come.
The Remain vote was largely concentrated in "metro" areas so, for example, Newcastle city voted remain whilst the surrounding countryside and smaller towns voted out. Norwich stay, Norfolk out. London in, provinces out. For many Brexiteers, the vote had more to do with a short term nose thumb (to be polite) to government policies since the economic crash. Many of those are the ones now complaining about the pound nose-diving and prices going up because "they didn't know". It doesn't matter what paper you read or what party you support, decisions so momentous should be based on lots of research. There was plenty of info out there.
It's done now and the UK needs to make the best of it - negotiate well, work hard, deal with the consequences positively and, just maybe, it will turn out OK but it will be a long, slow haul with lots of uncertainty ahead.