After Brexit, Many 'Leave' Voters Express Buyer's Remorse

Voters and columnists are expressing surprise and regret about the majority vote

June 27, 2016, 1:40 PM

— London -- After Brexit came “Bregret.”

A number of British voters have publicly expressed their regret over voting "Leave" in the historic referendum last Thursday when the majority of voters elected to leave the European Union.

Since then, the British Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned, the Pound has reached its lowest value since the mid-1980s and stocks have been crushed.

Several "Leave" voters have reacted to the turmoil by saying that they wish they could take back their vote. One of the latest to express his regret is Kelvin Mackenzie, columnist for the Sun newspaper, which backed Leave.

“When I put my cross against Leave I felt a surge as though for the first time in my life my vote did count. I had power,” Mackenzie wrote in today’s the Sun. “Four days later I don’t feel quite the same. I have buyer’s remorse. A sense of be careful what you wish for. To be truthful I am fearful of what lies ahead. Am I alone?”

It appears that Mackenzie is not alone. In the Independent, columnist Emily Tierney, wrote Sunday that she “Bregrexit.”

“What have we done?” she wrote. “If I could take my vote back now, I would. I’m ashamed of myself, and I want my country back.”

One voter told the BBC that he was shocked that a majority of voters had voted to Leave and that he didn’t think his own Leave vote was going to matter because he expected most people would vote to remain.

Others expressed their regret on social media.

It is unknown how many people regret their Leave votes, but a Survation poll carried out for the Mail on Sunday after the Brexit vote, suggests that the number is high. Out of the about 17.4 million who voted to leave, 1.1 million say that they wish they had voted Remain, according to the poll.

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