The people have spoken. The UK is leaving the EU. 37.5% of the eligible voters said they wanted ‘independence’ from the European Union and so we enter the unknown.
I am not going to lie, I am immensely disappointed.
I have seen most, if not all, the arguments for leaving, taking back control of our borders, taking back control of our laws, getting rid of migrants, getting rid of Cameron, saving money, saving the NHS, even sticking out to the ‘establishment’. They are all flawed, but the one that annoys me most is the last one. We are now in a state of flux, an uncertain (at least) two years where everything is to play for and no one knows at what cost, and there are people celebrating because it’s a victory over the establishment. They could lose their jobs, they could find their savings are next to worthless (they may not, but they could… no one knows) but it’s OK, because the establishment had dinted pride. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!
The thing is, the problem, the thing that I find most upsetting is… I have never felt so disconnected from the country of my birth, the country I call home, the country I have started a family in. I am British, incredibly so… as far back as anyone has been bothered to trace my family have been British… but right now I don’t feel very British.
The political discourse throughout this referendum campaign has been disgusting. There has been no end of lies, muck throwing, name calling, all round nastiness from both sides. Neither side can take the moral high ground because they have been as bad as each other.
Remain used threats, financial fear, worst case scenario guesswork and out right lies to bribe the electorate, and they had leaders from around the world join in the threatening behaviour. Leave brandished the Remain campaign ‘Project Fear’ but we’re they any better?
Leave used racial fear mongering, imaginary numbers, vague optimistic guesswork options, and out right lies to drum up jingoistic nationalism… and do you know what’s is even worse? Both sides even managed to fulfill Godwin’s Law, comparing the each other to the Nazis. Seriously, this was supposed to be a grown up political debate about an important decision, and everyone was acting like children and internet trolls.
So a mostly uninformed British populace was asked to make a decision that even the most qualified and informed of experts didn’t have enough information to really know sufficient amount to make.
37.5% voted for leave, 34.7% voted to remain, and 27.8% presumably decided that they didn’t know enough or that neither side had been composed enough to gain a committed response from them, so didn’t vote. So leave won, but can’t claim the majority of the UK wants out (they will, but then why should we expect honesty from one half of the most deceitful debate I’ve known).
So this is the end of the UK in the EU (or at least the beginning of the end), some might say the beginning of the end of the EU. This has been the end of at least pretending to be respectful and honest in political debate.
Scotland voted to remain, and we’re told in their independence referendum that to stay in the EU they round have to stay in the UK. They were also told that staying in the UK was the only way to guarantee financial stability, but right now all bets are off, and there are no guarantees of anything right now, so the UK they voted to stay in doesn’t actually exist anymore. As such, there are moves afoot to find a way to keep an independent Scotland in the EU without the UK… oh and Northern Ireland voted Remain too, so there are even rumours about the good Friday agreement being at risk.
So this is the end of the UK in the EU, possibly the end of the EU, and possibly the end of the UK (as we know it).
This whole thing has brought out the worst in the UK. It has left my disillusioned, distanced, disheartened… dis… well just dis.
We can not claim to be a positive nation after that campaign. We can not claim to be tolerant with ‘those’ posters, or with actions like those shown by certain members of this ‘great’ nation of ours…
We can not claim to be any of the things that I hold dear, that I see as being a core value… which means that right now, I don’t think i can claim to be British… whatever my birth certificate says, whatever my passport says, whatever my hereditary says… This is not MY Britain.
Maybe it will be again, I genuinely hope it will… but for now I am a stranger in my own country.
I will not give up on MY country. I will continue to work with positive people, I will continue to do everything I can to make positive change, I will continue to fight for honesty, positivity, respect, dignity, and equality.
This is the end to many things, but this is not the end of hope, this is not the end of good people, and I know that I am not alone!