'Bregrets' from some Leave voters as EU exit becomes a reality


Many voters who backed Britain leaving the EU seem to be regretting their decision as the dust settles.

Some Brexit supporters, who say they did not believe their vote to leave would make a difference, are admitting in the post-referendum fallout that they made a mistake.

Cue a new phenomenon of so-called "Bregret" anxiety...

Mandy Suthi, a student who voted to leave, told ITV News that she would tick the Remain box if she had a second chance.

"I would go back to the polling station and vote to stay, simply because this morning the reality is kicking in," she said.

Khembe Gibbons, a lifeguard from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, found herself the focus of attention on Twitter after declaring she had regrets about her decision.

But not everyone responded sympathetically:

Another voter, who gave his name as Adam, spoke to the BBC about his decision to tick the Leave box and said he had not anticipated the period of uncertainty following the referendum.

He said: "I'm shocked that we voted for Leave, I didn't think that was going to happen. I didn't think my vote was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain."

But for some the wave of "Bregret" has exposed a gaping chasm in the basic understanding of how democracy works...

This debate is going to run and run.