According to a government report, less than a third of people fully understand what a no-deal Brexit actually is, fewer still know what the customs union is. If the people don’t actually know what they are asking for, is it really reasonable to blindly attempt to make it happen?
The probability of selecting someone at random from the population and them fully understanding all of Brexit is an estimated 0.001% – one in a hundred thousand.
The reason we elect MPs is to take care of learning about complicated things and making the right choice in our best interest. They might not be very good at it – and it is most certainly our prerogative to criticise them – but that does not negate the fact that this is literally what they are there for.
For example, if we voted to add cyanide, strichine, and ebola, to our drinking water they would not shrug and say, “well, the will of the people,” they would instead look at the facts and realise that doing so is still a really stupid idea. As a result, they would refuse to do kill us all, no matter how much of a tantrum we threw while demanding it.
Which is why the first thing the government should have done was not trigger Article 50, but find out what it would do to the country. If it turns out Brexit was a bad idea – and it quite clearly is – it is there job to convince us that what we have asked for is bad for us. It is not the job of the government to hand over to a slim majority whatever they happen to demand.
Not to mention the fact that we could not possibly cast an informed vote on Brexit if almost none of us actually understand what we are voting on.