As a non British Subject (although I have the legal right to a United Kingdom passport) may I give my opinion as a distant observer? Firstly, I don't think democracy works very well - there are no qualifying criteria to having voting rights other than an accident of birth (where we are born) and not having been sufficiently dumb, or lucky enough, to have survived for 18 years. A significant proportion of the electorate do not have the mental capacity to comprehend, evaluate or decide (based on a considered evaluation of the real/pertinent facts) on most elections, never mind a subject as complicated as to whether to remain or leave the EU. This is not a dilemma unique to the UK - it applies to all democracies (including the Republic of Ireland, where I live). IMHO, the people who are best qualified to make such difficult decision, irrespective of their leaning (pro/con) are the ones most likely to be apathetic to the whole discussion, as they have no faith in the capabilities or moral validity of most of our elected representatives or even the entire process. It is my belief that apathy is the enemy of democracy - that the most capable of making a considered evaluation are the least interested in participating in the electoral process. Because they see the majority of elected representatives as being unfit for purpose (I have had the misfortune to know several senior politicians as they grew up - if they had a brain cell it would be lonely). But they are, as the Irish would say, cute whores! I do not believe that democracy can work without it being a legal requirement for all citizens who are entitled to vote to be are obliged, by law, to exercise their right. Too many people forget that with every right comes a responsibility. If you have the right to vote, then you have the obligation to use it. That would cast a different perspective on any potential votes - not just on this subject. Rant over!