On 23rd June 2016, 17,410,742 people voted for the UK to end its 43-year membership of the European Union. They did so after a Leave campaign chock full of lies, distortions and scare tactics, many of which have been exposed as such in the days since the referendum.
Many stand by their vote. It takes courage to admit that you were wrong. But as the promises unravel, more and more Brexiters are seeing the error of their ways and publicly switching sides. I’ll be keeping track of them here.
Nope…. wish I could change my mind. Believed the lies like an idiot and believed we could stay in the single market. Gullible fool here!
— leila waltham (@LWaltham) July 11, 2017
Bit harsh on yourself there, Leila – you’re far from alone. Many others have struggled with the idea that so many tabloid newspaper journalists and politicians could lie so brazenly, and so clearly contrary to the interests of the country, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that this is what’s been happening.
Met my first Brit living in France who admitted voting #Leave. Did so bcos elderly parents rely on NHS. Now bitterly regrets being conned
— Peter Timmins (@petertimmins3) September 19, 2017
Welcome aboard the good ship Remain, Peter’s friend.
Like a reformed smoker, Michael’s now quite the virulent anti-Brexit campaigner.
Many who voted leave regret it (I am one) & realise they were lied to but need encouragement to admit it & to join the fight to stop #brexit
— Hugh Norris (@HughNorris7) August 1, 2017
Good on you, Hugh.
As a leave voter (who regrets it), i now believe, #EUwithdrawalbill is a tory power grab to help not the people but their rich city friends
— Loz Argyle (@ArgyleLoz) September 7, 2017
The Brexit headbangers would have us believe that support for Remain is waning. That really doesn’t seem to be the picture these tweets are painting.
— Stephen (@stephen501) September 7, 2017
There’s no need to be afraid of mockery from Remain voters if you’re thinking of admitting your Leave vote might have been a mistake. We all voted on the basis of very poor-quality information.
*raises hand* Also guilty as charged. 😔
— Animation Fanatical (@Tre_Animation) September 7, 2017
Seems Loz triggered a mini-avalanche of contrition. Sign him up, Best for Britain.
I agree. I voted out, but have definitely changed my mind. The logistics are just too difficult. https://t.co/3106fEDTr7
— Gordon McKay (@gmckay_51) August 28, 2017
Not exactly a full-throated recantation from Gordon, but it’s another vote in the bag.
Thread on how anti-Europeans can change their minds.
Last night I spoke with my parents, both in their late 70s, who voted to leave. 1/
— Kristian ❄️️ 🇪🇺 🌈 (@LoveEUToo) September 15, 2017
Aaand two more recruits, courtesy of Kristian.
I have to admit I voted for brexit but it was totally the worst decision I ever made and I regret it
— Scully it's me👽💋 (@BethGillyKylie) September 9, 2017
It was almost certainly in your top three, Beth, but I won’t press the point.
This Leave voter is pretty upfront about her reasons for flip-flopping. And I imagine a fair few of these 4 million fellows might well vote differently in a second referendum – or at the very least abstain.
According to this study, the number of people who regretted voting Leave was already greater than the margin of victory for Leave – and that was in October 2016. As the scale of the task facing the UK government and its rank unfitness to undertake it become ever clearer, that number can only have risen.
There are doubtless hundreds more examples – this was all I was able to pull together in an hour or so. Feel free to send me any more Bregretters you may find (after thanking them for their courage and honesty, natch). The case for a second referendum – or, preferably, a simple retraction of article 50 – grows stronger by the day.
Bregretters found since 20/9/17
I may have made a rod for my own back here. Mind you, I’ll take a rod up the tradesman’s if it stops Brexit.
I voted for Brexit and regret it as does my wife and several of my work colleagues. As an ex Tory voter from now YOU have undermined the UK.
— David Leadbetter (@surfingledders6) September 3, 2017
With respect Eddie, how does one "vote for soft Brexit"? I (regretfully now) voted for Brexit; which gave them a mandate for hard Brexit.
— Tony McAlinden (@mackanory) August 5, 2017
Yes, this is my view and I am a leave voter. I remain eurosceptic and anti single currency, but REMAIN was by far the better option.
— IRegretVotingLeave (@voteleavelied) September 20, 2017
It's the only vote I've ever made that fills me with shame. Vote Leave should be ashamed + it's inadvertently unleashed widespread racism
— Graeme Berry (@graeme_berry1) June 23, 2017
1. When Brexit gets really personal. Ex I quite like rang last night to try to rekindle. During convo admitted voted out, but changed mind.
— 🇪🇺 WriterInPyjamas (@WriterInPyjamas) September 27, 2017
people I know voted leave and wish they hadn't me included I think if we had another ref the result may be different now we know the truth !
— Mandy Jane (@skiltz07) June 13, 2017
19 down. Only 599,982 to go …