Britain has taken back control from the hands of Europe.
52% said we should leave. 48% wanted to remain.
This proved to be one of the biggest turnouts ever for a nationwide vote.
For some like me who voted Remain, the result was disappointing, for many other’s, of course, it was delightful.
The charts across the nation show great regional and age-related disparities. Some even touched on education and what people read helping to make their decision.
One thing that stood out for me is that whether you see this land as Great Britain or Little Britain, one thing is for sure, we are not a united kingdom.
What has been clear from this referendum is the thing which divides us sharply is the issue of migration. We have made a decision to leave an economic and political union based on the rhetoric of anti-migration campaigns and of course an incredibly powerful media campaign. Let us be in no doubt that this was the underlying platform of why many voted why we should leave the EU to “make Britain great again”.
And yet our health service, catering industries and other low-skilled industries, are bolstered by hard-working migrants who cater for the shortfall many of those industries have. Rather than have a discussion about how we can manage this, it became a fear mongering campaign, which has exposed the dark underbelly of British culture.
Whilst many have focused on this being the premise of a white, poorly educated racist regional working class, I can assure you from personal experience that this is not the whole picture. Resistance to migration is much wider than that. Many who benefited from migration are just as resistant to a new wave of migrants as many of the indigenous population. Brown. Black. White. Working and Middle class, are all equally guilty of scaremongering on the issue of migration. Not to mention that it’s estimated about 75% of sitting Conservative MP’s are Eurosceptic.
There are those who would argue that their decision was around laws and economics but I have had more than enough conversations to gauge that not many people actually know what funding, laws and regulations either affect us for the good or bad from Europe. For me it is this fear mongering around migration that has shown up most as to how divided we are.
The economic fallout already has happened.
The sterling dropped to the newest low for 30 yrs.
England is now on a negative credit rating in the short term. In economic termd whether short or mid term that is a huge deal, that we aren’t going to “jut get over”.
The Bank of England had to shore up £250bn to ensure banks were stable.
Friends in charitable organisations wake up to the reality that EU funding provided till 2020 is not going past the end of this year or at best mid 2017. The Cornish are pleading for UK to guarantee of the £60m that EU funded them. Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan admitted there was no £350m a week to spend on the NHS. Free travel may still be an issue.
Shit just got real.
Let’s not forget that even before the recent economic tsunami, tax credits have been slashed, bedroom taxes introduced, university fees increased, reduction in disability and so many other austerity measures have been in place with those who “are in control”. Our current government is pushing for increasing privatisation and academisation of our schools. They don’t give a shit about the NHS and wish to privatise that out to the highest bidder too! (Yes I am angry especially about that last bit). Just remember that all the things I mentioned have nothing to do with the EU but are under British power alone.
The saddest thing is that for so many who said they have nothing more to lose, I wonder if they have realised how much harder it will be for a generation to adapt. They have lost even more. Poor working farming communities. Traditional manufacturing industries whose main trade is with the EU.
There is this talk about surviving, but the younger generation want to thrive, not survive.
So it seems Scotland want to remain in the EU and are going to have a second referendum.
The Northern Ireland peace treaty is a tad fragile as there is talk of borders being reinstated.
Spain are making a claim for Gibraltar again, even though Gibraltar overwhelmingly voted remain in the EU.
We can still trade with the EU but have no vote or veto on laws and regulations.
We still have an unelected House of Lords.
We have dumped 33,000 unelected decision makers in the European Commission for 400,00 unelected civil servants of our own
We still have Etonians running the show in Government.
We have a gutless wonder running the opposition who probably wanted us to leave Europe anyway, if his past record is anything to go by.
We still have an unelected monarchy, staunchly supported by the working class, who know their place, with an ever increasing allowance protected by parliament.
Social mobility has not budged over the last 25 years, even though we have had access to European funding.
The notion of a Great Britain or a United Kingdom, is at best, a rose tinted throwback to the past, because it is definitely not a reflection of the present. We are more divided than ever.
And as for control, well guess who the money is on for the next Prime Minister?