This is not propaganda so don't expect it to be
There are two different modes of writing to be done during a political upheaval.
First there is propaganda. Propaganda shouldn't be nuanced, it doesn't have to be specific - you can promote compromises for certain groups to rally around. It just has to be something that will make sense to lots of people straight away and be hard for the other side to counter.
The other mode is analysis. When you analyse the events you don't do it tactically because you know it won't reach even 10% as many people as you would if you were spouting off one-liners or creating political cartoons.
This is intended as analysis:
The European Union is not your friend
To be specific, if you consider yourself to be anti-war, an internationalist and/or an anti-fascist the European Union is not your friend.
One of the big claims about the EU has been that it was set up to maintain peace in Europe after the first and second world wars. In this it has been hailed as a success but wrongly so.
Another big argument for the 'remain' side was the importance of maintaining international solidarity with ordinary Europeans across the continent. Hmmm... the gap between perception and reality is quite significant here:
Try this one on for size: The EU is a vehicle for Anglo-German imperialist domination of the South
"Instead, we need to consider the working class movement as a whole across Europe. As I write this, French workers are striking and rioting against labour laws that the government intends to impose to make it easier to sack workers. Last month, the Greek government passed a budget for the next round of austerity enforced by the Troika. In Portugal, the trade union struggle and the Left is on the rise. Countries like Greece, Portugal and Spain have become debt colonies for the parasitic finance capitalists that gain their share of surplus value through debt, interest and extortion".
The EU might seem friendly and progressive to certain sections of the UK population but in much of Southern Europe it takes on the role of the right wing conservative party, enforcing heavy austerity measures.
Last but not least we've all noticed that there was significant support from the far right for the Brexit vote. Those left wing people who voted to leave (not me) did so in the hope that despite the fact that they were doing the same thing as much of the UK's organised fascist movement they would achieve different things with their vote. They have been criticised for being naive and allowing an explosion of far right activity. A deeper look might reveal more:
Anti-fascists worth their salt do not fight fascism in order to defend the status quo. It's not always easy to get this right because even most conservatives are afraid of fascism and see it as destructive and an anti-establishment force. To anarchists, fascism can only be seen as a disgusting contender for what happens after the status quo fails, it must be beaten so when that failure comes it is anarchism that succeeds instead. Most anti-brexiters aren't seeing it that way. They are simply shocked and outraged at a side of life in the UK they had previously overlooked.
You aren't really that friendly with the European Union either
The EU hasn't been any kind of ally and you (most of you) haven't cared much for it either - until very recently.
In the last EU elections in 2014 only 35% of people bothered to vote and of those 1/4 voted for UKIP. The time before that 1 million people decided to hand the BNP a vote to be their MEPs and that time turn out was even lower at 34%.
The truth was that most people never gave a much of a crap about the EU until they decided that they desperately wanted to stay in it or get out of it.
The far right are certainly not your freinds
The fact of the matter is, that whilst the above facts absolutely prevented me from voting in favour of remaining in the EU the sure knowledge that a vote to leave it would be interpreted as support for the far right prevented me from voting to leave it either.
What has been really upsetting is the hurt this has caused migrants as well as many other brown and black people living in the UK - Solidarity with migrant communities after Brexit people's lived experience are not debating chips, they are real and they matter.
Had there been a strong left wing movement to exit I would have voted for it (explicitly pro-migrants rights I would add). But there was not. A decent attempt at a 'lexit' campaign was made - see the website here: http://www.leftleave.org/ It railed against:
...but sadly it was barely heard about outside the relatively small socialist circles.
It has not always been the case that EU membership has been considered lefty or progressive. It was the Conservative party that originally took the UK into the EU under Ted Heath in 1973 and at that time the Labour party were the ones divided on the matter with those on the left such as Tony Benn being most explicitly against it.
Unfortunately whilst damaging the EU may ultimately help avoid further wars, cruel austerity and fascist coups in other places - the people of Britain may find it a struggle to make the most of our freedom from this corrupt club. The lies of the right wing 'Vote Leave' campaign are quickly unravelling and many people on both sides are going to be left bitterly disappointed and angry.
Anarchists should be attempting to rile everyone up into revolt from now! Don't let this opportunity be wasted.
There is no case for remaining in the EU but the campaign to get out of it has been pure poison. All we can do now is try to convince more than 52% of the country to unite around a left-exit. Considering many of the 'leave' voters were sold on thee idea that the NHS would be getting extra funding this may not be too hard to do in theory.
Attempting to over-turn the result is simply not a viable option:
Accusing every person who voted leave of being an idiotic Sun-reading bigot is also not a sensible option:
It's up to us all now.
What do we do next?