Jun. 24th, 2016 10:21 pm
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I am beyond gutted right now. I didn't want to wake up to THIS and when I read the news, I didn't want to get out of bed. Oh, Britain, what is wrong with you?

It was my 26th birthday yesterday, the same day as the vote and I spent most of it travelling back to Wales, but had a lovely time at home with my family. Right now, I'm watching the DW episode 'The Eleventh Hour,' Matt Smith's beautiful debut, and pretending that I'm twenty again and in Full Fandom Mode and that half of the people in this country haven't just done this to our EU rights. Trying to stay positive, but it's hard, so now I want to forget.

Being a grown-up IS HELL.

Date: 2016-06-25 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
American, here, so please forgive any unintentional ignorance on my behalf. I have a fairly decent conception of the EU's mechanics, but of course, that cannot compare with the knowledge of someone inhabitign an EU country. And I understand it can have far reaching financial implications due to fickle stock markets and a devalued pound, but I'd be curious to know what are the repercussions of exiting the EU?

Date: 2016-06-26 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's a good question and for me, I think it's a bunch of little things and more cultural than anything. There are some things I didn't realise until they happened; the effect on the pound, for example and Nigel Farage retracting his promise about the money for the NHS. But for me, it was a matter of being part of something bigger, something that would make travel relatively easy and help open eyes and ears to different cultures. I guess the main thing that worries me is that, at the end of the day, Britain is a small country and there's only so much we can do on our own. There is a lot of racism in the UK and there have been several reported incidents of racism since the results came in. Also, there's our passports, which label us as EU citizens and come with that handy little chip which means we can use the automatic machine at airports.

I'm sorry; this probably isn't a very good answer, but I guess my reasons are more personal than political. I just felt that being part of the EU would help keep our hearts and minds open. I don't want to be stuck on an island with a bunch of people who use racism and xenophobia to achieve British patriotism. I know not everyone who voted to Leave is racist, I personally know people who had different reasons for doing so, but from what I've seen everyone who is racist voted Leave. There's more to it than that, I get that, but this idea of 'taking back control' makes me uncomfortable. *shrug* Let's just say I was pretty scared for my future when the results came in.


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