The referendum was supposed to be advisory, just to find out what the country wanted, assuming it would return a good majority to remain.
But oh my goodness, look what curiosity did. Look at all the forces that have been unleashed. All the attitudes and positions we were blissfully unaware of, that have been emboldened.
If you are wondering how to explain Brexit to little ones, you could do no better than to go back to the original warning story of them all.
Teach children now about when to leave well alone, so they don’t make the same decisions when they grow up and take control themselves.
Tell them that Parliament was so curious to find out what the people thought, they decided to ask them. The referendum was like a Pandora’s Box, they knew should be left well alone – their job was to make the choice themselves, but Parliament was just too curious, it had to lift the lid and find out. It never expected what was going to happen, how their failure to govern and make decisions has brought us to this.