After Brexit

My emotions are in turmoil right now. I’ve been drifting between bleak emptiness, outrage, and flat-out crying. It feels like the world shouldn’t be able to keep happening — yet it does, and every time I remember that we voted Out it jars me. This all feels like one big impossible nightmare.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’m fucking disappointed right now. I am very disappointed. I cannot believe that my own country has chosen xenophobia and uncertainty for the sake of non–arguments like: ‘take our country back’, ‘make Britain great again’ etc. I despise the numbers of people who voted to Leave. I believe passionately that staying in the EU is the better choice, and I think this is catastrophic. Our country is…well we’re pretty fucked right now. We’re left with Farage in victory and potentially the idiotic Boris Johnson running for PM. You know you’ve made a bad turn when Trump and Putin approve of your decision.

It seems bad. I cried when I saw the news on Friday. I feel more sad right now than I have felt in as long as I remember. I watched my future plans slide away from me as the results came into the television. And the worst part was that I couldn’t even do anything — the people voting Leave were by and large the older generation. That was an utterly selfish vote. It’s us who will have to pick up the pieces. If anyone dares to tell me that young people don’t care about politics, I swear that I will hit something.

I fear a lot for myself and for many other young people. This is going to affect our lives in so many ways. I’m also pretty upset because Brexit is undoubtedly a bad thing for LGBTQ+ rights, and it kind of shadowed Saturday’s Pride. (Next year, I swear, I AM GOING. Instead of just sort of skulking around central London ‘by coincidence’.) (I did actually have a Guides thing, to be fair, but I ardently wish I had gone.) We’re facing the implosion of the Labour party and a probably more right-wing PM than we had before. I’m not a fan of Cameron, but quite frankly he’s the best of the Tories.

But although I am shocked and angry: we must not lose hope. This is not the end of the world. We’re going to survive. Although following the murder of the wonderful Jo Cox it may seem like we’ve gone into war, we haven’t. The vote was very, very split, and hopefully they’ll be able to take that into account. Perhaps when we go into negotiations we’ll be able to keep some elements of being an EU member. (Well, free movement will probably happen anyway, so you know.)

We haven’t left yet, guys. The fight is not over. Article 50 hasn’t been triggered and there are a ton of layers of bureaucracy to get through. No one should have the right to strip away my EU citizenship, and I’m not just going to let it go. This referendum isn’t even legally binding — I mean, they’re obviously not just going to ignore it, but it doesn’t have to be the complete final word. There are many petitions you can sign to — for instance — get a 2nd referendum with 60% majority necessary, or to require that £350 million goes to the NHS per week as promised by the Leave campaign. (Maybe London will eve become an independent city state…? Or we can all move to Scotland when it leaves the UK.)

Remaining in the EU was probably the first big political thing that I truly, passionately embraced. It’s such a shame that the xenophobia that’s sadly in many places worldwide right now had to manifest itself in something irreversible. I’m really scared for the possibility of President Trump but at least he can be voted out after his term ends. Following this result I feel even more determined to do something about the state of politics — I don’t want us to head in the direction of racism and ignorance. I want the media to properly educate people so that the don’t make bloody stupid votes for reasons with absolutely no foundations. I want the Labour party to get its fucking act together, thanks very much.

This is a sad time for us all. But there will be some positives to come out of this. Let’s remember that it’s okay, we’re okay, and we’re not giving up on Britain.

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17 thoughts on “After Brexit

  1. I entirely disagree with you, but you do have my sympathy. What can I say? My views were very similar to yours when I was young. I don’t think this has been a selfish vote and it is not Xenophobic (though horrid Xenephobes have voted too). I think the media/polls have it wrong again. I live in a Labour dominated City that has always welcomed immigrants. It is full of young people and has more transgender people than any other outside London – but right across the board, all ages, races, backgrounds have voted Out. I hope we can look back and view this as the biggest step towards anti-Globalisation this Century.

    1. I’m guessing you mean that you believe we’re better out of the EU? I think that perhaps I could have phrased things better; there are certainly some people who did vote Out for genuine reasons. But in my opinion the reason that quite that number of people voted Out is because currently across the world there’s a strong atmosphere of xenophobia.
      I describes it as selfish because I was very frustrated that someone who is retired can vote to strip me of my EU citizenship when I have no say. I’ll no longer be able to live, study, work and travel to other EU countries; and if I do then I’ll have to apply and pay for a visa. I’ll be the one facing short term and potential long term recession. Around three quarters of young people wanted to Remain and I think that many people in older generations didn’t consider the effects of an Out vote on us.
      I’m unsure as to why globalisation is a bad thing? I hope that we can find some positives from Brexit, but I still do believe we would be better as a part of the EU.

      1. Things would just be more difficult, I suppose. I don’t really see why we’re making things so complicated for little benefits that I can personally see. But I appreciate that I don’t have a lot of experiences, and it’s good to hear a different point of view! I wish you well too.

  2. Oh my gosh Eve THIS is literally everything I’ve been thinking over the past few days. I wish I could do something about this other than signing petitions (which I’ve done anyway) but arghh I don’t know what to do. I feel so helpless to the path that our generations future is turning down and all I can picture is a giant, irreversible mess at the end of it that we’ll have to sort out.

    1. *hugs* WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER. I was going to attend a demonstration but sadly it was cancelled at the last minute. I think that the best things we can do is a) write to MPs to see their view and perhaps gauge if they’ll vote not to repeal the bill which will let us leave — which is a thing that exists, I’m pretty sure — and b) work on making sure it doesn’t happen in the future. And vaguely trying to sort out the current mess of British politics. But although I’m upset I think it’s important to remember the possible benefits we might get. 🙂

      1. *hugs* that must have been annoying! I guess that is all we can do at the moment. Now it’s been nearly a week, I think I’ve managed to calm down a bit but I’m still not happy with the result, even if I am starting to consider the benefits of leaving

  3. As a person from the US who only mostly understands all this, I’m sorry. The fact that Trump agrees with the Leavers is what makes most sense in my head, and that’s really awful. :/

    1. Aah thank you. I realise that my recent posts probably aren’t very easy to understand for non-UK people, but I really appreciate your words! I think the atmosphere of xenophobia (in line with Trump) is very similar to that in the UK, except I feel like maybe it’s more racial in the USA…? Idk, sadly Trump has a lot in common with the Leave campaign and many politicians here and that scares me. 😦

  4. Eve, I’m with you. I don’t think all Leave voters are stupid/racist but I’m still so upset. I think everyone thought they were doing the right thing. Let’s make the best of a shit situation.
    When you go to Pride next year, I might see ya there. Totally by accident, of course 😀 We’ll stand together and we’ll get through this. It’s okay.

    1. Looking back, I think there were a lot of things I could have said better in this post. (But also — I was more upset at the time.)
      There are definitely people who voted Leave because they genuinely thought it would be better for Britain and who had informed reasons. I do feel like that doesn’t account for that amount, though.
      *nods* Hopefully, aah that would be awesome! Now I have, like, a whole year to plan this and I am DETERMINED IT IS HAPPENING.
      Brexit isn’t not the end of the world. Although I’m still sad, I definitely feel better about it now. 🙂

  5. Coming from someone living in the U.S, I’ve yet to actually come across an unfiltered reaction from someone actually living in the midst of this, and all of a sudden this issue happening an ocean away seems a lot more personal. I probably won’t ever entirely understand this, but I’m beginning to get a sense of how it’s affecting people.

    1. Yeah, I feel like maybe in the UK we have more coverage of US politics than vice versa. (And I also know a number of people living in the US, so.) I mean, even I don’t entirely understand the EU referendum, but I’m glad to sort of give you a bit of an introduction? Even if it’s not in the best circumstances ahaha. 🙂

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