Initial Thoughts on the EU Referendum

Friday marked a sad, sad day for our nation. Regardless of whether you voted to stay or leave the EU,  I don’t think the any of us were expecting to be dropped into such a vast economic crisis overnight. In two hours, £350billion (40 years worth of EU funding) was lost, with the pound plummeting to rates unspoken of since 1985.

We were F**ked.

A week on, and I’m still in mourning, still cursing Farage for going back on his main campaign. It’s truly disgusting. But life must go on.

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In case you couldn’t tell. I backed the #VoteRemain campaign with my heart and soul in the lead up to the Referendum. To me, I couldn’t understand why we were burning bridges with other European countries, instead of continuing to build them. The Second World War, admittedly 70 years back now but, caused divisions for generations and it is (or was) only our own modern day generation who had appeared to put it in the past, and enjoy the luxuries of duty-free and little conflict.

Today, we are faced with a rise of hate crime by 56%.

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To me, I couldn’t understand why refugees and immigrants were such an issue. I understand we cannot home everyone, but everyone deserves a better life, don’t they? If you had the opportunity to travel out of your home country, start afresh and earn a decent living, you’d be mad to say no, right? Refugees haven’t had a choice. Their lives as they knew were taken away from them by rebels or the military, fighting for their own lives, some have managed to escape and landed in the United Kingdom, a place of sanctuary , where we can offer them a recovery: healthcare that they couldn’t have afforded, a home and a job, a school for their children. We’re saving lives.

Today, The Independent published an article on ‘Why did older voters choose the leave the EU?‘ describing the issues with migrants. (here)

 

To me, I don’t understand why at 16, you couldn’t vote. This is their generation, our generation. We are the ones who are going to have to live with the consequences of the Referendum for the rest of our lives: it’s our finances, our holidays, our relationships. It’s our country.

Today, we could still be in the EU. If 16-18 year olds had the vote, and followed the 75% of 18-24 year olds who voted stay, we would have had the majority.

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To me, I’m appalled at how this has pulled our country apart. My mother used to talk about how the Thatcher period was dark, tearing families apart with mining strikes, arguments between families, friends. Swearing to disown each other because of their own opinion. This referendum has started to feel a bit like that. Personally, I’ve tried hard to respect other people’s opinions, though tongue biting can only do too much.

Today, we’re a torn generation.

Of course, it’s early days. But I can’t see my opinion changing on this. (Only my opinion though, please don’t hate on me if you voted leave!)

Sophia x

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