I’m not elitist. I just know that some things are much too complex for non-experts to deal with. I want my nuclear plants run by people who know what they are doing. If I get a brain tumour I want to be operated on by a fully qualified and experienced brain surgeon not somebody off the street.
Something of the complexity of leaving the EU is at least at that level of complexity. It requires proper detailed deliberation by people who have studied all the details not an arbitrary emotional response by people who do not understand the first thing about it.
Direct democracy is very flawed. You are giving equal weight to the stupid and uniformed as to the intelligent and informed.
Representative democracy is not quite so bad. We elect representatives who largely reflect our views who are supposedly intelligent and have the task, time and expert advice to enable them to make informed decisions on our behalf.
I am sceptical of representative democracy too. We often elect people of dubious intelligence and people who have sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies. I’ve never yet found a politician that represents all my opinions and views. It’s a compromise.