You have to understand that the EU was not supposed to lose, that it had multi-generational influence from both primary and right throughout secondary level education, these the most impressionable age groups. It also had the national broadcaster as a friend, and of course the permanent government i.e. the Civil Service, all of whom massaged the UK to be so wedded to the EU that it could never truly comprehend leaving.
Those opposed to Brexit got their second referendum, third even. The first round, of course was contentious, but described above you can see what we were up against, so by that measure the win felt like a lot more. The second came soon after, at a General Election, where both of the major parties (and even the Liberal Democrats) ran on a promise to respect the democratic result, of which they did not, and soon led to another GE in 2019, that the final referendum as it were, when Johnson secured a voting majority not seen since Thatcher’s time running on a theme of “Get Brexit Done”.
You claim that there was a lot of fake advertising, what utter tosh ?! It took years of hard work and frustration for half of those eligible to vote to want to leave, not just some late advertising. The EU was never a good fit for the UK, even Charles de Gaulle knew that back in 1967. And what were Brittons told upon entering the Common Market, just that, an exchange of goods and services and not political union, that was what the UK signed up to. But of course it was never meant to be.
The EU even rammed through a Constitution in all but name (Lisbon Treaty) via Gordon Brown, even though Brown promised a referendum on the matter, but they changed its name so it was a Treaty and only needed parliamentary approval, and so on, and so fourth, over the years.
No! The UK had had enough of the EU’s tactics, well before some nonsense written on the side of a bus, don’t talk daft. The Guardian and BBC might fill your head full of conciliatory truths, but the fact is that Britain was never in it for political union, and that was always what it was meant to be.
Which companies left the UK ? Look at London’s end of financial year for 2021, with Banking bonus levels not seen since pre-2008, this is where big business is courted, the UK is not going to fall apart. List the companies leaving, or having left, and they are likely under pressure from the EU to do so, or have to for regulatory reasons. Any that left for financial reasons have been made up for with new business agreements, or trade, it happens all the time, it’s just business, London has a healthy level of business, despite Brexit.
What excuse was there for the EU’s behaviour toward the UK during a global pandemic when withholding her vaccines, there to save lives, did you forget that. Now we see the mask having slipped, what we on the Leave side knew well before the term Brexit entered the national lexicon.
Consider that the UK is a shareholder in the European Investment Bank (EIB) and a member of the European Investment Bank Group (EIBG), in which she capitalised it with some £3.1bn back in 1973 upon her entry into the EC. Unsurprisingly, the UK was one of the largest of the major member states in the EU to contribute. This fund was primarily used to invest in newer accession members from 2004 i.e. Central Europe.
That £3.1bn (€3.5bn) is now worth some £35bn.
As the EU is only duty bound to return the sum in £300m instalments, it will be around 12 years before it is paid back. In that time, should the EIB/EIBG go bust, lending to Italy for example during the recent pandemic and they leave and trigger a run on the Euro, then the UK is on the hook to bail them out !
It goes on and on, the EU is no friend of the UK, and did a lot to hamper us, and is doing even more now to stifle us, because they are afraid that we might make a go of it without them.
Those voting to leave the EU knew this, and believed in the UK more than the EU, and that is why they carried the day, three times in a row.