In 1987 Georgios Kyriacos Pankayiotou, the musician son of a Greek migrant worker, recorded a catchy song about making the tough decision to end a relationship.
Oh oh baby I reconsider
My foolish notion
Well I need someone to hold me
But I'll wait for something more
Although he knows he needs a relationship, he is willing to leave the security of the one he has because he believes something better will come along. He tells his wavering self that he has to have faith that this will happen because there is no guarantee it will, after all he is taking a step into the unknown.
George Michael's song would be a most suitable anthem for Vote Leave, because to leave the EU, there is no question that you gotta have faith. This is an unprecedented situation and no one can predict the future with 100% certainty, that's on either side of the argument. As such we can only rely on projections from trustworthy sources, and this is where the confusion lies. There is no question that we've been hoodwinked by lies and false statistics on both sides of the argument so it comes down to a case of who you trust more. Do you believe Farage or Osborne, Cameron or Johnson, Trump or Obama? Are you swayed by the sheer number of studies by the OECD, IMF, Bank of England et al, or do you dismiss the credibility of these institutions just like Michael Gove has? Boris can only say that he believes that Britain will be stronger outside of the EU, not that Britain will be stronger. He can believe that we can continue to trade with the EU without compromises and the continued free movement of people, but he can't say for sure. His belief and the belief of those who believe in him are based on faith rather than fact.
For those who are led by reason, faith is a hard thing to understand and a frustrating thing to argue against. Just ask any atheist. But faith is held by so many people, either because wanting to believe there is a better option out there is a natural reaction to being unhappy with the status quo (see George Michael and Brexiters) , or because it seems there is not much to lose and potentially everything to gain (see Churchgoers and Brexiters). Ironically Brexiters and migrants coming to Britain both share a faith in a better future, just not the same future.
Sometimes taking a leap of faith is the right thing to do, after all life would be very boring and predictable if we never took risks. If the only people affected by George Michael and his boyfriend breaking up are George and his boyfriend, then George should take that leap. If you want to leave the security of a company job and set up your own business and most of your colleagues and industry figures think it's a good idea, then hand in your notice. If you are handing yourself over to people traffickers because the only other option is death at home, then the choice is made for you.
But if your decision is going to affect 60 million people, 30 million of whom think it's a bad idea, you have to question whether a leap of faith is the right thing to do.
Will the vote go the right way tomorrow? To a rationalist there is no evidence to suggest that leaving the EU will be seen as a 'foolish notion' by the majority. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, all you can do, as George says, is have faith.