The referendum is over; I’m so very disappointed right now. The United Kingdom, collectively, has decided in its referendum; that a fraction over half the country would prefer to leave the EU, rather than stay. Most people, including the leave campaigners, seem fairly taken aback by this, some of them going as far as to say if they knew it would really happen, they’d have changed their mind. The less said about such protest voters the better.
I have never felt less British; indeed, I woke today feeling that the term ‘United Kingdom’ meant nothing to me anymore, those last few strings emotively tying me to that term have been cut. I feel profoundly sad that the remain campaign focused so much on the negative things, and failed to sell the vision of a prosperous, cultural, united Europe. The Europe of people and places and diversity, where we felt proud to be European in that way and felt like we were part of something bigger. I feel that those who have already benefited from the best parts of the EU, as well as their lifetime of free education, strong pensions, have now decided that because too many new people seem to be arriving they want a new generation to be pulled away; a generation that overwhelmingly fell on remain when they voted.
Problems and promises
On the face of it, it exposes a series of problems that have long festered in the subtle corners of the UK populace. A feeling of superiority over the rest of the EU being the chief amongst them, but also of deep disconnects between the various factions of society. But here’s the thing – leaving the EU is not going to solve any of those things, how could it?
The leave campaign meanwhile are already equivocating on their grandiose policies of hundreds of millions for the NHS, and immigration controlled. No no, they aren’t really sure about that, maybe it was just a lie. Instead, here’s what I suspect we will get:
- More austerity
- Snooper’s Charters
- Confusion and disruption at the least, removal at the worst, of many of the funding streams provided by Europe – particularly for charity and voluntary sector
- (Confirmed already!) disruption of the human rights act and similar laws
- Serious questions over the function of the Good Friday Agreement
- Resentment from our European neighbours
The issues facing the UK around immigration, economies and such are not UK problems; they are global, and the idea we can turtle up and hide until it all blows over is crazy. Globalisation is not reversing. But now its time for leave to put their money where their mouth is; time to show us all – and no, this isn’t the time for us all to “join together and get on with it.”. Please understand how patronising that sounds, and how inconsiderate. You were the ones that wanted to leave, its you that needs to make that first step
First referendum of many?
I said earlier I have never felt less British. I feel now a Scottish referendum is due, and potentially a border poll. I would support both, and I’d vote for a united Ireland at this stage if they could sort their health system out. I’d quite fancy the idea of a United Celtic Coalition of Ireland and Scotland, but its probably unlikely, sadly. So I don’t know, I don’t know if the breakup of the UK is now inevitable – but it would be quite ironic if it was, given the DUP position on the matter, no?
To be angry for a minute – I feel like this is a travesty, and those of you who voted for this, I think you will be very very wrong.