Here we go again explaining why the Referendum went wrong in 2016.

John it certainly wasn’t ‘democratic’ in the sense of a factually argued decision, with clear boundaries of accountability set by Parliament (Vote was democratic – Have Your Say – November 26).

Christine Tempest was right to describe it as ‘advisory’ (Have Your Say – November 23).

There was absolutely no attempt to outline what a Brexit deal would look like and 16-17-year-olds (the generation most effected) EU nationals living and working in Britain and British nationals living and working in mainland Europe were excluded from voting.

Neither was there a percentage share of vote to validate the Referendum – only 72 per cent actually polling.

David Cameron called it only to dampen down splits in the Tory Party and head off UKIP incursions into the Conservative vote share.

Leave sold a storm of lies, including that £350 million a week about the NHS, backed by The Mail, The Sun and the Express and then flagrantly broke electoral law on campaign expenses.

Remain was a poorly targeted campaign that didn’t begin to outline all the positives about EU membership... frankly the Remain campaign were incapable of organising a heavy drinking session in a well known Belgium brewery.

I know I could have done much better at organising it.

During the Referendum campaign at a public meeting in Lyme Regis, Olivier Letwin said ‘passionate debate’ would scare off the voters. He was so wrong.

Electors wanted a full-blooded and factually based debate free of media distortion and misrepresentation.

Essentially many Leave voters have this vision of returning Britain to a post imperial past that briefly existed in the 1950s, which most forward thinking Britons reject out of hand.

Now we are left with a deal from Brussels that nobody wants and is unlikely to pass in Parliament.

John, all recent opinion polls show a majority for ‘staying in’ the European Union.

If you feel, so strongly for leave come out on the streets and argue it in a People’s Referendum – with the May deal or stay in as the options. Let’s for once do the very un-English thing and have a very open public debate that informs, not misinforms.

Richard Denton-White

Fortuneswell, Portland