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People didn’t vote to make themselves poorer last June—or did they?

Just as ignorance of the law is no defence in a criminal trial, ignorance of the consequences is no defence in a referendum

By Peter Kellner  

Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

According to Philip Hammond, those who voted for Brexit in last year’s referendum “did not vote to make themselves poorer.” Neither, for that matter, did they vote to reinstate a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, or for cancer patients to wait longer to be treated, or for various other drawbacks that have come to light in recent weeks.

In a way, Hammond, and the others, are right. Most Brexit voters do not want these things…

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