You may or may not have heard about a little thing called the EU referendum. It’s no biggy; just a decision that will shape the future for us and for our children. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in case you have been living under a rock and didn’t get to read Mother of Delightfully Horrid Boys‘ article a few days ago, you’ll know that is the one of the biggest decisions we’ll ever make. You’ll also know by now that we voted as a nation to leave the EU.
I think we’ve done the right thing and I’m pleased with the result, but I suspect many people voted to leave the EU because they were convinced it would ease up any immigration problems. To be honest, I think it will be easier for illegal immigrants to get into the UK because there won’t be anyonetrying to prevent them from getting across the English Channel, or they’ll come into the UK via the Republic of Ireland.
People have their reasons for voting whichever way they did and we all need to respect that. I think it’s a massive shame that there was so much scaremongering and falsification of facts or figures by both the remain and leave parties, making it far more difficult to make a decision. Ultimately, the best advertising campaign won.
As mentioned in Mother of Delightfully Horrid Boys’ article, we’ve been a member of the EU for a while now (since 1973) and things haven’t exactly been rosey of late. I’m confident that the UK is powerful and strong enough to survive on it’s own, without having to be a member of any “club”. Switzerland aren’t a member of the EU and they seem to be coping perfectly well.
The way I see it, you’ve got to take a leap of faith sometimes and this was our opportunity to try a different approach. As a democratic nation, we exercised our right to vote and our vote must be listened to.
There’s now an online petition calling for the government to implement a rule whereby if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout of less than 75%, there should be another referendum. There’s also another online petition requesting that we re-hold the referendum to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote.
What happens if we hold another referendum including 16 and 17 year-olds, the remain vote is more than 60% and the turnout is 80%? Do we just accept that as a whole, we want to leave the EU or do we call for yet another referendum and move the goalposts again? Perhaps we should just go with 2 out of 3 or if that doesn’t work in the remain-voters favour, 3 out of 5?
The majority of us wanted to leave the EU- deal with it.
Or, you could set up an online petition calling for a city to become independent to the rest of the UK and join the EU. The author of this petition (James O’Malley) wants London to remain at the heart of Europe but hasn’t specified any reason other than that. I’ve tweeted him as I’m curious and would like to find out more about his petition. At the time of writing, his petition has over 126,000 signatures.
When the results were announced, the predicted uncertainty caused some obvious side-effects; the most noticeable one being a drop in the £. Some of the more naïve remain-voters thought this was the end of the world and that we’re all doomed.
Utter bollocks. It was obviously a knee-jerk reaction and even now, everything is settling again. We’re not going to be shunned by the rest of the world and we’ll continue trading just as we did before. If the EU makes it more expensive for us to trade with the rest of Europe, we’ll just pass these costs on and Europe will suffer, not us.
The only immediate negative side-effect is that we don’t know who our next prime minister is going to be. As much as I’d love to go drinking with Boris Johnson, I’m concerned that he’ll take over David Cameron’s role and I’m not convinced he’s entirely ‘all there’.
This is a new and exciting start for the UK and we should all embrace it. Things may remain a little uncertain and chaotic up until we officially leave the EU (this may take around 2 years but could be longer) but we must unite and embrace it so that the UK has a better future, which it will.
Unfortunately, there were some very small-minded remain-voters who were convinced that the leave-voters were all uneducated or simple. Someone I know even insisted that I watch a presentation by an expert because I was foolish to vote without doing so. I did watch the presentation but like all other information, it was based on theories and speculation. No one knows for certain what will happen if we leave the EU but we’ve already seen what it’s like being in the EU. Perhaps it’s just a fear of the unknown for some of the remain-voters?
Amongst the wankers criticising others for disagreeing with their own opinions I saw the most sensible and enlightening comment on social media, which read:
When I voted, I voted with the very best of intentions. I stand UNITED with everyone who shared my vote and with those who voted differently to me. I believe that no matter what vote we placed, we placed it with the very best of intentions and in what we feel is our country’s best interest. I believe that this is what makes us the United Kingdom
This sums things up perfectly. Anyone entitled to vote will make a decision based upon their own opinions or feelings, so no one has the right to criticise them or suggest they’re making the wrong choice. A referendum has been held fairly and the results are clear- who are we to argue with that?
I’ve never criticised those who voted to remain in the EU but I have criticised the 28% of voters who didn’t have their say.
Those remain-voters who are so bitter and angry that we voted to leave the EU shouldn’t be focussing your frustration on those who voted against you- you should be taking it out on those who didn’t bother to have their say. In my opinion, a 72% turnout for such a big issue seems pretty low The decision to leave the EU could have been very different had even another 10% of people voted. I guess we’ll never know.