Friday, 24 June 2016

A sad day as Britain decides to leave the EU

Shame on David Cameron for bringing this chaos to the fore. Being desperately shortsighted, he traded common sense for UKIP votes and has now unleashed major damage - and perhaps future destruction - on his own country. Seeing the unapologetically bigoted Nigel Farage smiling with glee and claiming a victory is making me sick to my stomach; the irony being that even Farage himself didn't expect the UK to vote to leave the EU!

Looking at the breakdown amongst age groups, it's clear that the oldies of Britain have voted for a future that the young ones don't want. However, it's the youth who will suffer from the results of this short-sighted, fear-based, low-quality-information orientated referendum - a referendum on *their* future, a future which them and their children will have to deal with long after these older people are gone.
Once the Leavers' celebration is over, what comes next? What exactly is the plan? With the uncertainty over the direction of the UK set to continue for the foreseeable future, how do Leavers expect the markets to respond? Have the Leavers thought through the possibility of the UK entering another recession? Will this vote be worth that?

Leavers - what is your vision for the future of the UK? Both on its own and in terms of its relationship with Europe? Do you think that you're in a strong(er) position now to negotiate with Europe? Exactly what incentive does Europe have to gain from negotiating with UK at this point, when they need to try and stop other countries from doing the same thing?
And, what about the social fabric of the UK? Have Leavers not just opened up the door to open and overt xenophobia and bigotry? Do we really want to live in an openly nationalistic nation? A land which has essentially been given permission to be hostile to people they don't like?
I hope that the people who said that Brexit would be good for Britain will hold true to their word on behalf of all those who have followed what their claims and statements. If not, Leave supporters may find themselves having to come to terms with what is a massive hoodwinking.
And, finally, with so much fear about being controlled by elites, perhaps the the next referendum be on the future of the monarchy?

What a time to be alive...

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