May was one of the "Leavers" even if she pretended otherwise. "No bottom!" as the Rt. Hon. Francis Urquhart would observe. This referendum was what she wanted as well as many others even in the Labour Party. Mad Uncle Jeremy waffled probably hoping it would doom the Tories without realizing that he would then be stuck with the outcome as well.
Anyways, as I have said, the problem with the Brexiters is they never had a coherent view of "what" exactly that meant. So once they got "it," they could not define "it." Bloviating fools like Boris Johnson were all happy to claim that if one simply "got it," then Ponies for Everyone
. He, like the aptly named Sir Peter Bone, are left with the "it will all be awesome once we just leave!"
The issue of the Irish border was obvious, but the Leavers just sort of figured that somehow it would work itself out.
The EU--particularly Germany--and Italy . . . and Greece . . . oh and Belgium because, fuck Belgium--takes a lot of blame by trying to mandate its vision of human rights which progressively looked like appeasement to those who do not actually believe in human rights. Germany was happy to let in scores of unvetted masses figuring they would keep moving west. They did not. Now Germany is unhappy with that, particularly with large sections of masses that, surprise, surprise, do not actually want to be
German. None of the EU--including still the UK--have ever had a very good record with assimilation.
That is just one social problem the UK citizens found irritating. That and if you thought getting Democrats and Republicans to work together beyond wondering how the process would help themselves politically and financially to the detriment of everyone else, you have not met a German, or a Frenchman, and certainly not a Montenegroan . . . Montenegroid . . . Montenigge[Right! Stop that!--Ed.].
All rather predictable.
The problem is that the solution requires compromise when none of the principles interested in the damn thing will compromise. In this way, it is like "border security." The problem of illegal immigration in the USA!USA!USA! is not going to "just go away" or "solve itself." And while sane solutions exist to balance security to keep Al Pacino out while providing permits for those who would like to just work, thank you, maybe then stay and add to our Walmart clientele with their kids able to go on welfare and vote Democrat, neither side wants the other to "win" along with significant elements not wishing to "give." So the "Just Build a Wall" types do not want anything else, just as the "just open the border to everyone!" do not care when drug gangs murder and rape, because they do not reach their affluent gated communities.
That and this is hard work that cannot be distilled into sound bites Sean Hannity and "Mika & Joe" can comprehend.