Most of my friends voted remain, and those I've spoken with were in shock at the way the country voted. From what I've seen on the news and social media those who voted to leave seem to be in such as much shock and surprise that 52% of the country also made the same vote.
I've struggled to think of positive reasons for voting to leave the EU. I've ASKED people to tell me. The closest I got to someone sharing facts was my friend Marcella sharing that the pound and FTSE had recovered significantly after the massive drop in the market, so that is a good thing (Thanks Marcella). But the fact that it fell was not. The stock traders are happy, they make their money by rises and falls in the market, so that's helped them....
I see Cameron resigning as a positive thing, I think the changes he's been responsible for implementing have actually ironically been motivating factor for many who voted to leave the EU. I'm disgusted by the human cost his policies have caused to the most vulnerable in our society :(
I am not currently aware of any FACT that indicates Britain will be better off outside of the EU.
I abhor the idea that "now we can make Britain Great again". I'm sorry, but Britain has been great BECAUSE of it's membership of the EU, the things that people see as negatives in this country were NOT the responsibility of the EU.
Emotionally I am scared, we've already seen the reactions from Spain (Gibraltar), Northern Ireland (and the Republic of Ireland), and Scotland wishing to remove themselves from England/Britain. I experienced first hand the impact of terrorism of Northern Ireland, I had to use a mirror to search for car BOMBS every time I got into a car for much of my childhood. Why? Because the IRA were actively targeting people like my Father because of their differences of politics. I am deeply afraid of what this means for Northern Ireland.
but back to focusing on positives.....
I think the many people who voted Leave, not believing their vote would actually be what the country decided, will now understand that their one vote DOES make a difference. I hope that they will take the privilege of voting much more seriously and think about the implications of their vote harder in future elections. And I also hope this will see a higher voting turn out amongst those people going forward. Because I do believe in democracy.
I will start chasing the paperwork I need to make my application to hold an Irish passport. I am afraid of the consequences holding a British passport may have when travelling around the world, and I'm deeply aware that Irish citizens are more warmly welcomed in many counties than those holding British passports.
We have also been researching buying property in Tenerife, and now this vote is likely to speed up any purchase we might make, AND we will seriously consider moving abroad whilst we still can. Right now I much prefer the idea of living abroad and returning a few months of the year, than what we had been planning, which was to be abroad a few months of the year.
I feel sick at some of the views being expressed "now we can get rid of all the refugees and foreigners" was what one person told me :(
I think that often negative things can result in positive outcomes. Maybe Britain leaving the EU will prompt the EU to change the negative aspects of itself- having more flexibility by individual countries, being less beaureaucratic. Maybe in 20 years time, after these changes have been implemented might mean Britain will rejoin, maybe not.
Sometimes the results of negative things long term is positive, and I do hope that is the case now.
I deeply fear the power some people will now have, people who have expressed views which are disgusting abhorrent and incite hatred and division between people.
I still believe together we're stronger, but today my country is divided from the EU, and divided within itself. I hope it's a wound we can recover from without too many casualties.
I am hopeful and I am afraid. I am mourning, I feel a deep sense of loss. I don't need to be told to "get on with it".
I respect people's right to vote, and if you voted to leave, please know that doesn't change my view of you as a person or as a friend. Racist views however, are not shared by me, and I do not have respect for those.
I better stop typing now, I'm sure very few who started reading are still reading, so if you are, thank you :) Feel free to respectfully share your views. I really would LOVE to hear more positives that you might see to come out of this.
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I was born in Hampshire, my father was from Belfast, my mother from Hampshire and because of my father's work, I spent 13 years of my childhood living in Germany. I have a British passport, but I could have an Irish one, if I so chose.
The idea of Britain not partaking in a democratic body which supports individual countries in being better and raising the standard of living for individuals within those countries is rather strange to me. Why wouldn't we be collaborating and supporting our neighbours? Why wouldn't we welcome people in? Why wouldn't our people be welcomed outside of Britain?
I haven't voted remain remain because I'm afraid of what "might" happen if Britain leave the EU (even though economic experts kind of realise this isn't going to be a good option for Britain in any way!).
I voted remain, because I'm #European, I'm part of something bigger than myself, and I'm proud of the multi cultural experiences I have.
I'm proud of the many many friends and business connections I have, who have come to a different country, many of whom have learned a 2nd language and made Britain their homes. I'm proud of the contribution they've made to "my country" as responsible, productive members of our society.
I believe that together, we all are better.
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