The New York Times editorial board did not hold back on its assessment of the politicians who promised the British public lots of free goodies after voting to exit the E.U.:
“Leave” supporters like Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, claimed that getting out of the E.U. would save money, allowing Britain to invest in public services while limiting immigration from other European countries. Now it’s clear they didn’t intend to fulfill any of their promises. They peddled exaggerations and lies to frustrated and angry Britons, some of whom have legitimate grievances about economic insecurity.
One of the central claims of the “Leave” campaign was that Britain would no longer have to send 350 million pounds ($462 million) a week to Brussels. Those savings, supporters argued, would be reinvested in the National Health Service and other government programs. Almost immediately after the vote on Thursday, Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party and an early “Leave” proponent, denied even makingsuch a promise, even though he had said as much in a BBC appearance this month.
This is not surprising for those familiar with the likes of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson -- two experienced liars with a track record of deceiving voters and their own parties (Johnson in fact was sacked by his previous employer The Times, for making up quotes).
Unfortunately for the British public, they now face the prospect of leaving the E.U. and having the economy torn to shreds unless they negotiate a deal akin to Norway's -- which would basically mean all of the same costs and rulings from Europe, but without official representation.
Not exactly the deal they thought they were signing up to.