There are two potential solutions at the moment regarding the outcome of the British referendum. Either the politicians will enforce the popular will, or they will ignore it until it will fade away from the public eye.
However, I don’t see how ignoring it or ever turning away from the result could work in practice. The reason why this won’t work is the uncertainty the referendum has created, no matter if the political class decides to follow through. Firstly, if Theresa May’s government (because let’s be honest, she will be the one forming the new government, unless we are in for a second surprise post-Brexit) doesn’t trigger the negotiations with Brussels, the results are not necessarily invalidated. They will be there forever and they can be referenced back by any politician to come. De facto, the UK is not anymore in the EU. You can be in a relationship with your physical presence but with an absent soul. This is the case of Great Britain. Due to this possible situation, the EU wants Britain out for good in order to upheld its status and to avoid prolonging the agony that people and markets are feeling.
Secondly, the internal pressure is too high for the British politicians to ignore it. 17 million people voted, with or without knowledge of the outcomes. But the dices have been cast, and with all the regret that some might have, it is hard to go against such a divide. It is deeply saddening that this has happened and I am worried, if not scared, about the prospects of an isolated Britain. I am also feeling for all the migrants in the UK.
What about Scotland? The true power-shifter in this equation is Scotland, particularly Sturgeon. The Scots have spoken once again differently from the English. But whether Scotland can leverage its position to change the course of actions remains to be seen and it comes down to a second referendum of independence, unless the Scottish Parliament has some aces in their sleeves that we weren’t aware of.
The situation is extremely complicated, and I am sure we won’t see any resolution any time soon. Further you can see a long comment that I sent today to one of my friends:
“I watched the results unfolding the entire night… It’s sad what happened, but it shows how rotten the great British politics are in the “oldest” democracy in the world. Besides the rotten politics that shouldn’t surprise anyone, it also shows how deeply rooted intolerance is in the British society. It surfaced violently after the Brexit, but it has always been there. I believe the disparity between people in the UK is greater than ever, so the poor and the abandoned found last resort in hatred for the unknown (foreigner). Sad, but historically speaking, this is nothing new. What’s new here is that we have a so called advanced civilisation whose leaders acted selfishly and thrashed the entire economy in less than 24 hours, which is a premiere in post-war Europe, particularly for the “advanced” West. Now Boris is out because he realised the mess he created and realised how bad the things are going to be in the near future, for both British and migrants. The worst off will be the European migrant who works on a minimum wage filling positions that British people do not want. They face the biggest uncertainty of all. Let’s not forget, the British food services run on migrants. All in all, Schuman’s dream of an United Stated of Europe is not only temporarily put on hold, but destroyed for generations to come!”