Just as Boris Johnson, George Osbourne and Michael Gove have been hiding I too have been keeping quite. Usually I have refrained and tried my best to remain neutral, but today I am afraid that with this topic it just not possible. Many of you have asked me how I voted and I am sure by the end of this article, you will know exactly how I voted without me explicitly stating it.
On the morning of the Friday 24th June, i got a message from my friend at 5.35am saying “see shake my head they won”. At the time if I am honest with you I read the message and ignored it I didn’t believe what it said and I didn’t want to argue with her (it was way too early in the morning). It was when I fully woke up that i saw that the majority (52%) had voted Brexit!
I was shocked and I am still shocked. Of course I have tried to see the good in the choice that the majority have made, but watching the news still makes me nervous about the negotiation on leaving the EU, because I am really truly in shock!
The question that keeps running through my mind is: Is this going to be good thing for our country? How will the process of leaving even begin? And most importantly, what was it that triggered the majority of this country to vote to leave the EU?
It was the deceitful lies that the leave campaign played so well to the public. Did people honestly believe that Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson (our most likely future prime minster – god help us all!!) was being serious!?! Of course £350 million was not going to come back the NHS if we voted to leave!! Then there’s the xenophobia (a prejudice against people from other countries) that is being played heavily since the vote results have come out.
Now call me stupid but I thought the UK had moved away from such prejudice and racist hatred? Are we moving back to the 1980’s? I would like to think that we are moving forwards and not backwards but this vote has suggested otherwise!
It’s sad to say that I generally believe that people forgot the real reasons why we joined the EU in the first place. A Union that was built just after World War II and intended to bring peace in a war-torn, divided continent. The UK historically was struggling after it was losing its colonised countries to independence (African countries and India). The UK needed to be part of an alliance – a union, to remain strong, sufficient and relevant! It had lost control of ruling everywhere else!
Has everyone forgot that? And I am practically talking to the young after recently finding out that only 34% voted – what on earth is going on? This is your time to really speak out and decide what you want and again and again we let ourselves down and let others decide our future! What an absolute let down to our society and community!
Right now there re a lot of concerns. What comes next? The Politicians have resorted to blaming each other and instead of holding themselves accountable, they are bringing to light the disturbing facts that not only is the country divided but within their own party there is a huge split- bringing hard-core politics to real light! I don’t know what’s about to happen, but what I will say and keep saying is that “we shouldn’t have voted to leave the EU.”