As the people of France, the Netherlands, Ireland and Greece can attest, the European Union (EU) does not do democracy. All have had their referendum results ignored or overturned at a second ballot because the ruling political establishment didn't like the outcomes.
These countries were fortunate enough to have been allowed a referendum in the first place as most other EU countries have had their requests for ballots refused. This includes Great Britain where all three of the legacy parties have promised EU referendums in past election campaigns then reneged when the election is over.
The recent referendum on whether Great Britain should leave the EU was a ploy by the ruling political establishment to block the rise of the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) who despite concerted media campaigns of smear, vilification and demonisation continued to attract popular support.
With the EU descending into economic disaster for the majority of people and their lives blighted by open border mass immigration, Ukip support culminated in victory at the last EU elections and attracted four million votes at the last General Election becoming the third largest political party in the country.
For students of politics, the British EU referendum is a case study in modern day election strategy and a blueprint for future ballots. It was a classic example of electoral fraud, deliberate distortion and lies along with hideous bias by the bought-and-paid-for media whores, including the taxpayer funded BBC.