Originally Posted by Fuuma
Even the most pro Brexit knew there would be a temporary fall, this isn't an argument unless it continues for a while, markets aren't very good judges of anything beside the immediate (and even then).
Britain will absolutely have to "pull the trigger" on article 50, however the 2 yrs period for nego might very well be used for a re-work of certain EU arrangements that would bring back UK into the fold.
Touche on the markets, yet they are an indicator. All FDI has gone on full stop, and will stay that way for the coming years until the mess is sorted out. That is a direct loss, although opportunity loss is hard to measure. The fall of the pound however to me is a different matter, once they disengage from the common market there will be a lot less need for GBP, and simply drop in value.
On the UK 'having' to pull the trigger I disagree. It wasn't a binding referendum and parliament is sovereign, if the tories don't want to do it new elections are needed. Which is also one way out of the mess , to write out new elections, and have the parties make clear statements on going forth or backtracking. Let the new elections work as a second referendum and be done with it.
As an aside, the age statistics I found the most interesting and sadly not available in the Netherlands.. I just hope that this referendum works as a wake up call for the younger generations to become more politically engaged.