British voters were not fully informed on the implications of Brexit during the referendum in 2016, a European Parliament report has concluded.
“British citizens had scant knowledge about the European Union and were not adequately informed about the far-reaching consequences of the decision to leave the union,” the report said.
“Citizens were never given a clear picture of the relationship that their country would have with the EU once it left, and were often misled about the implications of the withdrawal, especially as regards Northern Ireland.”.
In order to avoid another Brexit, member states and EU institutions should “consistently provide wide-reaching information to EU citizens on the functioning of the European Union […] and the consequences of leaving the EU”, the report said.
The report said Brussels had achieved its “key aims” in the Brexit talks through EU unity in the face of a British “rejection of the obligations linked to EU membership”.
“These were not genuinely and fully assessed by the UK prior to its decision to withdraw.”.
A UK Government spokesman said: “The British people voted to leave the European Union, and this government delivered on that result. »