"a triumph of democratic reasoning" - The Australian
"democracy's victory" - Fox News
Okay, I apologise, Murdoch is an easy target. But there have been plenty of others.
Irony, wry irony. The truth is the complete opposite. Even aside from Arrow's impossiblity theorum demonstrating the contradictions inherent in democracy, this vote was a spectacular failure, for a number of reasons
1. One person's voice was much weightier than anyone else's: Peter Hargreaves, the billionaire who financed the Leave campaign.
2. The outcome is sharp and total - and thus disenfranchises all those who voted against it. Nearly half the population had a voice that didn't count, and they know they will suffer from it.
3. None of the rest of the EU had a say in this - and it is such a momentous decision that it's easy to see scenarios where the whole of the European Union is destroyed.
4. The devil is in the wording of a plebiscite (as John Howard knew when he effectively shot down Australia's Republic referendum). David Cameron's overconfidence led to a simple wording for a complex choice. As an example: if it had been worded "Will you vote to Leave if the European Union doesn't act on x, y, and z", a far greater proportion of Britons would have been better enfranchise, as would the EU.
5. None of the rest of the world had a voice in this outcome - and we are likely to suffer economically because of it. Worst case, global recession, is not yet beyond the possible.
You think it is axiomatic that only Britons should have a say? That's democracy.