The decision has been made and it’s something everyone has been talking about since last week and will be talking about for a long time. With some people feeling absolutely ecstatic about leaving the EU, other’s feel it was too close and there’s a petition being signed to try and get the government to agree to another referendum. People are curious to know how things will be affected: trade agreements, travelling, jobs, living abroad and the pound. The vote itself isn’t legally binding (unless Article 50 is triggered) and for now, we’re technically still a member of the EU and will be for the next two years.
This won’t be something that happens quickly. It’ll be a long process and ‘Brexit’ will now be a reality for the UK. Our Prime Minister resigned and everyone’s feeling something… good or bad. Here are the thoughts of five people…
One: “I’m devastated. For the first time in my life, I actually cared about my voice being heard and made an effort to do my research as thoroughly as I could. For me, leaving the EU was not an option I wanted to even consider. My mum was an immigrant, as were my grandparents. They have all lived and worked in the UK all their lives and have completely adopted a Western life, falling in love with Britain and setting up a happy life here. With 72% of 18-24 year olds backing a Remain vote, now over 4 million have signed a petition for another referendum. Our economy is crashing. Our people are divided. Our future is uncertain.”
Two: “What I want to say is, ‘Well done voters, you’ve screwed us’. I really want to say it. Just in light of the referendum the pound dropped the lowest it’s been since 1985. However, the uncertainty of the situation keeps getting me. I’ve listened to the right people who’ve said it’s best for us to stay. In all honesty, I like the comfort the EU gave me. The position that the current government has left most of us millennials in is an awkward one to say the least. I probably won’t ever pay off my student loan, be a homeowner or even have a decent amount in savings, and now a mass change like this makes me feel uncomfortable. I’m no economist or politician but knowing my future has changed, probably for the worst isn’t the best of feelings. How many people under the age of 40 voted out and knew what they were doing? Any European men want to get married? I reaaaallly like free movement.”
Three: “How do I feel? Demoralised. Deflated. Unsettled. Unrepresented. When isolation and casual xenophobia trump a vison for intercultural peace and solidarity, I don’t know what to believe, or who to believe in. I would like to think that working together wasn’t such as romantic and unattainable notion…alas. It’s clear the EU has become an easy scapegoat for our internal problems. Brexit is nothing but a side effect to lies, ignorance and fear. People are calling this our Independence Day – I guess I can relate – I too, feel like I’m living in some dystopian nightmare. Is this thing real?”
Four: “I voted to Leave and I stand by my decision. There’s a lot of things that led me to make this choice and a lot of people have badgered me about it, asking me if I’m racist or if I hate immigrants. I don’t. But, I do believe that our country needs a change and we need to be independent to make our own decisions. I hope that we’ll have a strong Prime Minister who wants the country to do well and believes that we are strong enough to make it without being restricted by EU laws.”
Five: “If I’m honest, I did vote Leave but I’m so embarrassed that I did. I’ve never really been interested in politics and didn’t feel like my voice would be heard in elections. I know so many people who felt really passionate about a political party or a cause and constantly felt deflated when things didn’t go their way. The way I see it is that life is full of enough disappointments without worrying about things you just can’t control. Nevertheless, I was told to make use of my vote and so I made the same choice that all of my family did. As soon as the Leave party started going back on their promises, I knew I’d made a mistake and have now signed the petition to remain.”