(Original post by TheStupidMoon)
If they had voted for the libdems as they did in the 2010 elections we wouldn't have this problem today.
Their petulant behaviour has doomed us all and let the idiot conservatives run riot. If The libdems had been there they could have restricted the excesses of the conservative party.
As I understand it the LDs were also offering a referendum, so this is a non-issue. Even if they hadn't, I very much doubt the Tories' commitment would have been dropped from a renewed coalition manifesto.
But lurking behind this OP is the persistent Remainer historical delusion which tries to blame the whole thing on Cameron petulantly trying to control his backbenchers and all that. That is a very myopic reading of recent history, which I doubt any historian of the more distant future will fall for.
The fact is that the public doubts about the EU, and pressure for a substantive referendum, had been building for many years - for at least 20 years in fact, seeing there was even a "Referendum Party" in the 1990s. Sooner or later the matter was bound to come to a head one way or the other, and it's a bit unfair to blame Cameron for effectively being the one left standing when the music stopped.
Meanwhile, for a better historical perspective, consider the following, surprising list among the real
architects of Brexit: Tony Blair, John Major, George Soros, and whoever was chairman of the Bundesbank on 16 September 1992. Oh, and "frank"ly, we have a solid candidate for the *first* "Brexiter" in terms of EU history: Charles de Gaulle. By blocking our entry when our government actually wanted to join, he consigned us to joining as it were under semi-duress a decade later, which inevitably rendered us half-hearted from the start. He maintained that UK political culture at that time was incompatible with the EEC's political goals - and boy has he been proved right.