Funny, most of us thought that the Brexit issue would be resolved by us voting in the EU referendum on Thursday 23rd June 2016.
Indeed, a whopping 72% of the eligible electorate turned out to vote in this momentous political event.
And indeed again, the result that followed in the early hours of Friday morning has shown us that 52% out of this 72% had voted in favour of Brexit.
So, according to this result, we should be leaving the European Union.
But are we, really?
Well, as frustrating as it may sound, we are going to have to wait and see what our elected leaders and suitably qualified diplomats are going to do with regards to whether Brexit is going to happen – or not.
What I can sense though is the following:
- This sense of flabbergast has overwhelmed much of the country, leading to panic, chaos and even racial abuse.
- The Sterling is bobbing up and down, the financial markets are in a frenzy and the UK has been stripped off its coveted AAA rating by one of the credit agencies.
- The Labour party is in tatters – well its shadow cabinet is what with their leader not backing down despite everyone telling him to do so for the nation’s sake. Do we need such shamelessness right now?
- Cameron has resigned from his role as the nation’s Prime Minister and his fellow colleagues are not sure when to express their much-harboured interest in replacing him.
- Some of the UK’s mainstream media have been providing coverage that is heavily skewed to the angle of “Look what you’ve got us into” aimed at those who have voted to leave the EU. On realising this, I had tweeted the following observation and am glad to see that it has struck a chord with many:
Brexit: What’s all the fuss about?
We need some perspective here, so let’s focus on what this malarkey called Brexit seems to be bringing about:
- By exiting the EU, we aren’t likely to have to free entry into the other member-states and neither can they come to the UK as freely either. Yes, this is restrictive and yes it would be mad to even think that we can leave the EU and still be able to retain free movement within the EU – then what difference does it really make? What was the point of hosting and voting in this referendum then? A ‘duh’ moment by a certain Lead Leave Campaigner for sure.
- Will this have a positive impact on our immigration numbers? We don’t know as yet, but could it put less pressure on our public services? Possibly.
- House prices are bound to fall – yay, for those of us who are trying to get on to the property ladder! It should help rent costs to go down too, hopefully.
- Has Brexit created fractures within the UK? Well, over the EU it has, but does that mean all those who voted for the UK to leave the bloc are racist bigots? No! Does it mean that those who voted for the UK to remain in the bloc aren’t merely out to protect their own interests? Hmm…
- Given the that difference between the two sides of the vote is pretty narrow, shouldn’t everyone’s voting preference be respected here?
What I think:
Frankly, the whole “Brexit = bad and Remain = good”angle is a myth that much of the mainstream media, some politicians and businesses want us to believe not for our own good, but for theirs.
There is no right or wrong answer to this, nor are there finite outcomes that we can presently foretell.
We’ll have to wait it out calmly and rationally and stop trying to brainwash and propagandise.