That abandonment of poor Britons by rich Britons is corrosive to a people, to a nation.
Interesting debate here, and I agree with the above statement. To my mind, Western democratic "business-as-usual" capitalism suffered a huge blow when the greed of the rich elites broke the cycle of ever-increasing prosperity in 2007, and then - much worse in most people's eyes - the elite that had caused the collapse then got rich as a result of the recession, while everyone else became worse off, to varying degrees - some lost their jobs, others lost job security and others suffered wage freezes. David Cameron's phrase "We're all in it together" resonated - but not in a good way, as people could see it simply wasn't true. The rich got richer, and everyone else got poorer. People noticed, and thought "hang on a minute, this surely can't be right". It just didn't seem fair or equitable. People thought "something must be done" and the simpler the better.
The elite did what they usually do in these circumstances (i.e. protecting their interests) and found a scapegoat for people to focus on - in this case "foreigners" taking your money and jobs, and "foreigners in the EU" acting against the UK interests. Nice and simple, easy to sell, easy to believe (if you don't think about it too much) and appeals to people's natural mistrust of those outside their groups. The same tactic worked in the USA - everything wrong with the USA is the fault of foreigners taking advantage of kindly old weak America in their various dastardly foreigner ways, and if you just get a tough guy to stand up and tell the various foreigners in no uncertain terms to stop doing bad things, everything would be fine and dandy again.
As a result, rather than the question "Should we rebalance things by shaking up the tax system (including asset taxes) so the elite once again contribute a fair share like they did pre-crash?" being put to a referendum, we had the EU question instead. We could have had a referendum on the question "Do we need a big shake-up and some way to stick it to the fat cats?" and the response would have been similar, although with a much bigger "Yes" vote!
The irony of the current situation is that people want better living conditions and wages, but that's actually what the EU help to provide with their negotiating strength to push through trade deals and regulations which insulate EU members from the harsh realities of worldwide competition.
Going out into the big bad world of global competition means we'll have to compete properly with the likes of China, Hong Kong and Vietnam for business, and they have people who will work for far less than UK wages. People like Jacob Rees-Mogg have already suggested that to make a success of Brexit, the UK will need to reduce regulations and make labour "more competitive" (i.e. much lower wages and longer hours). "Taking back control" will end up as "giving away control". Amazingly, Hong Kong is seen by some as a good model for the UK to emulate - despite the fact that it's a terrible place to work and live if you aren't rich. This kind of Brexit will be great for business owners and shareholders, but at the expense of workers, particularly lower-skilled workers.
Brexit was certainly driven by people's dissatisfaction with the status quo and a desire that any change must be for the better. Personally, I think people have been well and truly led up the garden path, and it's a real shame.