“Wow, blimey, well I no longer feel fancy smanchy. I’ve now been boiled down to a British person, and that is basically it. Bye bye European Union.”
Being under the EU had a lovely ring to it. This umbrella term made us, as Brits, appear to have the finesse, charm, and culture other European countries have, such as France, Italy, Greece, and Spain, etc. I feel with the latest election results of BREXIT or British Exit, we’ve washed that persona clean. In my opinion, I think we made a huge mistake voting out of the EU.
It was exotic “Sounding” to declare you lived in Europe.
I love being English, and so proud of the country I was born and raised in. However, now that we’re no longer EU citizens, will we still attract as many visitors? Will it be harder for us to fly out to European countries, passport wise, after these new changes are implemented? Only time will tell.
The majority who voted to leave the EU perhaps did not think about such questions. Just wanting England to be British, and that’s that.
“Then I picture little Britain; standing all on it’s todd, (all alone) watching the other kids play, standing by the wall, lonely, because none of the other countries want to play with it.”
My other concerns are; will we now have offended the many European countries by this exit we’ve made? Will we be treated as the ugly step children upon our holidaying (Vacationing) in these EU lands? Time shall also reveal.
This vote out of the EU also calls into question the British economic structure, as well as our employment and underemployment problems. I shudder to think how this will eventually be affected in the “Cons” part of pros and cons, over these next few years.
However, there may be “Pros” for the employment rate and economy. They could see spikes and overall improvements. You see, the big complaint (argument) over here in the UK, for many native citizens, was the LACK of proper paying jobs available for those born British. A lot of resentment and snarky comments were uttered under annoyed job seekers and the underemployed’s breaths. They think EU citizens, especially from Eastern Europe, were basically taking all the work.
Due to the EU, England became a melting pot some couldn’t stand the heat of; so a pledge to vote out ensued, and Brexit was born.
I believe we have lost good allies with our leave from the EU as Brits, and it’s going to take a whole lot of rebuilding these established relationships again.
I picture the UK and European countries (as a globe map location, illustrated as little children) in a playground, All the European children on the map, playing and having a good time, all joining in, and all being included in the games.
Then I picture little Britain; standing all on it’s todd, (all alone) watching the other kids play, standing by the wall, lonely, because none of the other countries want to play with it anymore or pay it attention; as if had cooties or something.
In effect, I feel we’ve totally isolated ourselves for reasons I don’t (at the moment) find valid.
It’s such a shame that we Brits decided to cut such wonderful ties, and opted for exclusion, instead of unity and inclusion. I guess independence was of more importance.
Another opinion I have is; what happens now? What do we do as Brits? What do we do do with this new found freedom from the EU? Can we be trusted with it? And will we be responsible with it?
At this moment I am finding it really difficult to see the upside of leaving the EU as you may tell. Perhaps when the dust settles, my thoughts and feelings may change to a more positive outlook, instead of a negative and anxious one at present. Once I see clear evidence this change will indeed be of benefit to the country; and if I see the employment rates improve, and our underemployment situation, I may warm to up to BREXIT.
More analytical question I have is-What about the present remaining EU countries themselves? Are they glad to say “au revoir” to the UK, like a wronged girlfriend slamming the door in her cheating boyfriend’s face? Glad to see the back of us? That I’d love to know!
Will they be mourning the loss of our presence amidst meetup discussions pertaining to EU issues? Will they readily accept us whenever we set foot on their lands? Again, these are all burning questions I’m sure will be answered as the future unfolds.
The common saying-“The only thing that is constant is change” is really quite true. I’m proud Britain took a stand for what they believed was right. I, being the minority, instead of the majority class, regarding this Vote out issue, still have apprehensions about it all.
I’m going to miss being apart of the EU. The little perks will no longer be valid. As UK citizens, we will really have to show our industriousness and resourcefulness to get us through this transition.
What this moment in history has taught me is that when people want change bad enough, they muster up the strength and power to do it. We can add this lesson, and practice it in other areas of our personal lives.
Change is scary, but sometimes necessary. These next few years will soon show if my country made the right choice to leave the EU.
What are your thoughts?
The Underemployed Life would love to hear your views on this subject, please feel free to comment below, and get some dialogue going.
Patrice White is a writer from the UK and new small business owner. After herself struggling to find appropriate paying work in various fields, she decided to take a leap.