The interesting thing is, this misrepresentation went on for the next 40+ years or so, after which the Tories blamed the EU for being 'taken into a direction they didn't want to go'.
I agree that mis-representation has occurred most notably from the start, but there also has been a great divide on on going treaty negotiations with the electorate having no say if they want to continue the integration into a ever closer union
Reality is it's M. Thatcher who insisted on the Common market (=mutual recognition of national rules) to be transformed into a Single Market (=one multinational rule for all members)!
The reality is no really opposes a trade deal between the UK/EU, what some of us oppose is the greater influence of the Union in our everyday lives.
We talked about this prior but from memory Thatcher had to compromise on certain aspects ( I’m in OZ at the moment my PC with the info is at home in the UK and where I’m stay over Xmas internet service is limited) just can’t remember at the top of my head what they were. But I do recall that Thatcher was opposed to Maastricht and she gave an amazing speech in the Lords
sabenapilot wrote:An educational exchange is also a cultural exchance, which does require some basic second language skills of the participating students, even if you can often follow the courses in English.
Second language skills of Brits are not exactly to be called optimal, hence the need to remain within the same linguistic culture, often serving as an echo chamber.
It explains why even highly intellectual people in the UK completely misread the EU all throughout these 4+ years of negotiating: lack of first hand sources in non-English speaking countries and a life long attitute of reasoning from a wrong point of view.
That might be one aspect of it, but I would not say is the only reason. I would imagine it has a lot to do with ethnic background. Just like there are more expats residents in AU/NZ that are in the EU combined