What will the 24th June 2016 mean for the future of the UK?
Will we look back on this day and wonder what all the fuss was about, or will we remember the results of the EU Referendum as the day everything changed?
A nation divided
It seems we are a nation divided, but how come the majority of people I’ve spoken to or communicated with on social media were shocked and saddened by the result of the EU referendum? Some scared and others very concerned about our future, it seems no one wanted to leave, yet here we are, on the brink of changing the history of our country forever.
People voted to leave the EU and their votes won through. Were these people voting on the basis of wanting to take control of our country and its economy? I’m not so sure. As the campaigns on both sides gathered momentum, it seemed increasingly that the ‘vote leave’ focus became more about immigration. I did’t like the tone the campaign took. Nigel Farage and his ridiculous poster said it all.
After the brutal murder of MP Jo Cox last week, we were a nation united in grief with each other and the rest of the world. With #moreincommon trending on social media, I’d hoped people were beginning to see sense, united against hate and heeding Jo’s words. It felt like her death, if nothing else, would highlight why we should stop making this EU referendum about a desire take Great Britain back for ourselves, to make it as it once was, whatever that means.
The Brexit voters are not united in what they want for this country
Some see it as a way to strengthen our economy and put more money back in to our services; to take back control of our spending. Others saw the vote as an opportunity to control who we allow to live here. What worries me is that amongst those voters, are extremists who think they’ve been given a voice, think they have support for their cause. It’s fuelling their hate campaign. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s what it feels like anyway.
I don’t know what it means to be British anymore and I’m not proud of the decision we’ve made. I hope to look back on this day and feel relief that it wasn’t as bad as it first seemed, that we survived the transition without falling apart both economically and as a nation, that 52% of the country knew what they were doing when they cast their vote. Let’s hope so because the alternative does not bear thinking about.