I voted leave, because I don't like the colossal waste of money spent on the two parliament building system, which amounts to Billions spent over the years, which could be used for better causes. But nationalistic pride over not losing a seat of Govt takes precedence.
I also voted leave because of the fraud that takes place within the Common Agricultural policy. 58% of the EU budget is spent on this colossal fraud. It needs reform.
Mine was a protest vote, as didn't actually believe "Leave" would win.
Yeah, that's a very typical uneducated way to look at it. Let me educate you:
The two buildings is a minor issue which for the time being can be solved only by excluding France from the EU. Personally I prefer two buildings in favour of FREXIT.
The agriculture policy is as old as the EU and is based on the unconditional wish that the EU at all times shall be able to feed its own people. Being blackmailed while being dependent on food supply from unstable countries is a very uncomfortable way to lose control. At that time there were still memories from WW2 when several countries suffered severe famine due to broken trade routes. Britain not so much because she was kept fed by the USA.
With relatively high wages (compared to many overseas countries) and much rather difficult land (mountains etc.) it was and is a challenge to keep agro production at wanted level, because it often wouldn't be profitable. There are two ways to fix that:
1. A stiff customs wall around the EU so EU farmers can demand higher prices to cover costs.
2. Subsidize primary production to make EU farmers able to compete on world market.
Version 2 was chosen. We can argue that it was wrong, that version 1 was better. Economically it is all the same for consumers. Version 1 = more expensive food, version 2 = more tax to the EU. The main thing is that the system worked and still works. EU is, and has always been, able to feed its citizens.
About fraud: When rules are made, then some of us obey to the rules. Others don't always obey, they are criminals. Police is there, and they fix part of the problem, the part which is discovered. Yes, we can eliminate the fraud by eliminating the rules.
Same way we can eliminate parking rules so we can park our car wherever we want and as long as we want. Viola, no parking fines any longer.
And yes, the EU agro rules sometimes get out of tune with reality as world market fluctuates. They often need corrections. And unfortunately it is always "too late" to adjust them because it is harder to predict the future than the past. That's a disadvantage, but not a reason to dump the system.
Hope that you learned something.