The UK wants to Remain in the EU
"Only 27% of this country voted to leave, 13 million people didn't vote, another 7 million eligible voters weren't registered, one million British expats weren't allowed to vote, 16-year olds were denied a say even though it was their futures that were on the ballot paper" David Lammy (Labour) in the House of Commons at the Article 50 debate.
It is untruthful to say that Britain wants to leave the EU. 75% of the MPs who are paid to understand what is best for the UK, believed that staying in the EU was best for us. Remainers are not anti-democratic. Were the democracy sound, BREXIT would have been a result which may have gathered support, but there were so many who were not able to vote, the campaigns were full of untruth and scaremongering, and the polls, predicting a Remain result left a large majority of non-voters complacent because they believed the result they wanted was in the bag. Reports indicate that the leave campaign may have illegally over-spent by circa £500,000. The media was heavily biased towards LEAVE. The referendum was failed democracy.
All the polls showed a preference for remaining, on average with a majority of about 7%. More recently the polls say that the country backs a 'people's vote' on the final negotiated outcome. So much of this, however, is purposely being ignored by the government and Labour opposition. (see no2brexit.com).
You may or may not think that EU (non-UK) residents in the UK should have had the vote. In fact citizens of Ireland, Malta, Cyprus and Gibraltar had the vote. But citizens of France, Germany, Poland and Spain did not.
None of the EU countries want us to go. There are dangerous border issues with Northern Ireland and Gibraltar, both of whom had debilitating troubles in the 70s and 80s because of borders. To stay in the EEA, the European Economic Area, which would help our economy, requires us to sign up to free movement, trade rules from the EU over which we have no say, and acceptance of the rulings of the European Court of Justice for trade issue.
The question did not ask, nor could it ask, whether, for instance, we should remain in the Customs Union or the Single Market, whether we should still be bound by the European Court of Human Rights. These are enormous questions which, if the vote was primarily about maintaining border controls, reducing immigration and parliamentary sovereignty then there is a real danger that what was voted for is what cannot be delivered.
"I watch with growing concern as the British people have been led to expect a future that seems to be unreal and overoptimistic. A popular triumph at the polls, even in a referendum, does not take away the right to disagree or to express dissent." Sir John Major, 28th February 2017.
According to the polls, the majority of UK citizens, the majority of UK residents and the majority of UK electors want to remain in the EU.