Rob Bates is the Head of Outreach at the Leave Means Leave campaign group. Prior to this he studied European International Politics at Warwick University.
Q) Why did more people vote to leave the EU then stay? From active_mouse, John Ray Junior School
A) The main reason why more people voted to leave was because many felt that the EU was making too many decisions on our behalf without us being able to say ‘no’ if we did not like something that they did. For example, rules like what crops a farmer can plant, what paperwork a businessman has to fill in, or how many fish a fisherman can catch, make a lot of people’s lives harder.
These rules are made by people who cannot be fired if they are doing a bad job and a lot of people, both Leavers and Remainers, are concerned that this is not democratic. More people felt that people who make decisions about our lives should be directly responsible to us and should have to explain themselves to us if they do something wrong. This cannot happen whilst we are a member of the EU.
Q) Do you think everyone had the enough information they needed to make an informed decision? From honest_wilddog, Notley Green Primary School
A) Yes, I do. Before the Referendum the UK had been debating our place in the European Union since it was created in 1992. During this time, those on both sides had been pushing their information for people to look at and analyse. Polling after the vote has shown that a lot of people had made up their minds which way they were going to vote before politicians had even started campaigning! What everyone did know is that the result, whichever way it went, would be a big deal and that if Brexit won then it would mean that things would change. It was not a decision that people on both sides took lightly!
What will change is that the UK will now be able to make new trading friendships with countries like America and India – something we can’t do at the moment.Robert Bates, Leave Means Leave campaign
Q) Why did they lie about giving money to NHS? From creative_starfruit, New Horizons Children's Academy
A) The UK currently has to send a lot of money to the EU which we do not get back. Instead this money gets spent in other countries and often on silly things like trying to manufacture make-up out of donkey milk or on a museum about cheese!
The big red bus was making the point that after we leave the European Union people can actually choose how to spend this money. The NHS is a big priority for a lot of UK voters and - given the choice - a lot of people would prefer that their money is given to that, rather than funding outlandish projects on the continent.
Q) Will much more be different or is it going to be the same? From committed_football, Beverley St Nicholas Primary School
A) Lots of things will stay the same. The EU has said that we will still be able to go on holiday to Europe very easily, and mobile phone companies have said that prices will not go up for using mobile data abroad.
What will change is that the UK will now be able to make new trading friendships with countries like America and India – something we can’t do at the moment. This will mean that we can buy more products from them and that British businesses have the chance to sell things to them a lot more easily.
Even if we had voted to stay, then things would still have changed. EU rules are constantly being created and with each new one someone, somewhere, is affected. For example, a lot of YouTubers are currently worried that a new EU rule will make it a lot harder for them to make videos!