A great deal of controversy has emerged in the United Kingdom over the past few days, with the bulk of the controversy focused on the referendum conducted to see whether British citizens wanted to stay or remain in the European Union. In a narrow vote that went in a different direction to most predictions, the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union. While the referendum has not been officially ratified by politicians, it is only a matter of time before the U.K. begins the process of leaving the E.U.
Many people in the UK are upset at the type of lies and deceitful statements made by politicians who were in charge or the Brexit, or leave, campaign. Individuals who voted to remain in the EU believe that Brexit campaigners stirred up anit-immigrant sentiment among the population, with some even promising that leaving the EU would allow Britain to stop the flow of immigration into their country.
Other leave campaigners used slogans promising to provide the NHS with more than 350 million pounds a week – money they claim is being sent to the EU right now. But as soon as the vote was complete, Brexit campaigners such as Nigel Farage admitted that the 350 million pounds a week claim was misinformation and should not have been used.
Another key proponent of leaving the EU was Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London. With Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron set to resign, many expected that Johnson would stand for the leadership position of Prime Minister. But in a shocking statement, he admits that he will no longer seek the leadership of the Conservative Party.
There are suggestions that Johnson was betrayed by one of his closest allies – Justice Secretary Michael Gove. But other experts believe that Johnson decided not to seek the Prime Minister’s office because he knows he would be on a hiding to nothing. The next UK Prime Minister will have to decide whether to ratify the referendum to leave the EU.
If Johnson became Prime Minister and went back on his leave campaign promises, he would be seen as a hypocrite. But ratifying the referendum could plunge the UK into a recession that would take decades to recover from. It is the type of lose-lose situation that no one wants to face up to, which is why there is now a power vacuum in the UK. It will be interesting to see who emerges as the next Prime Minister in the coming weeks and months.