Referendums are not elections Watch
The brexit referendum was conducted as though it was an election with two candidates, the case for was only supported by 37.4% of the polity the case against by 34.6%, 28% of the polity were disinterested in the proposition, content with the status quo. The will of the people was that we should stay in the European union. A referendum is not an election it is an exercise in determining the will of the polity and as such people are entitled to not cast their vote in which case those who propose the issue that is put to a referendum have to secure 50% plus 1 of the polities vote not 50% plus 1 of votes cast because a low turnout (or a close vote) in a referendum results in the active minority dominating the will of the majority. Referendums are not elections!
Moreover claiming turnout was low at the referendum is completely false.