A report by the Electoral Reform Society(ERS) entitled “It’s Good to Talk: Doing Referendums Differently After the EU Vote”, has been particularly damning of all the politicians involved irrespecctive of their party or alligence.
“There were glaring democratic deficiencies in the run-up to the vote, with the public feeling totally ill-informed,”
Katie Ghose, chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society
“Both sides were viewed as highly negative by voters, while the top-down, personality-based nature of the debate failed to address major policies and issues, leaving the public in the dark,”
This certainly mirrors my own experiences on social media, where people were crying out for a source of unbiased information that they could read to make an informed decision.
If Britain ever holds a referendum again it would need to run along different lines. If nothing else politicians should be held accountable for any statements they make during their campaigning. If they can't prove it, they should be held accountable.
Clearly others also believe this. #BrexitJustice, a crowdfunding campaign, has sought to do this Brexit, and raised over £145,000 to "Prosecute dishonest Brexit politicians and bring integrity back to British politics".
Source: Yahoo News - Voters turned off by 'glaring democratic deficiencies' during Brexit campaign
Source: The Guardian - Electoral reform campaigners slam ‘dire’ EU referendum debate