The people have spoken, and we’re leaving the EU. Ultimately, there was little enthusiasm shown by the Remainers. There were no compelling reasons given for staying, apart from keeping things the same. Things wouldn’t be kept the same though. Our leaving might prove to be a disaster, but the EU was doomed anyway. We didn’t cause the breakup of the EU, though we’ve probably sped things up a bit.
The EU bears no resemblance to the Common Market that we joined in 1972 (when I was ten). Ted Heath would be spinning in his grave to see what it’s become. Over-bureaucratised, and weakened by the inclusion of many weaker countries. And it’ll be weakened further when another five or so weak countries are invited to join. The European Union will eventually become an Eastern European Union. Albania and Serbia will empty overnight when they join. Weren’t they at war a few years’ ago? They might as well let Russia and Ukraine in to make it interesting.
Thank you Obama for your “Back of the queue” threat (Brits don’t take kindly to threats, especially by arrogant Americans. Why not have an open border with Mexico?). Thank you George Osborne for your threat of a punishment budget if we didn’t vote the way you wanted (Pathetic). And thank you Monsieur Juncker for telling us there’s no way back should we leave his little club (fair enough).
The people didn’t trust the big business fat cats, the bankers, or the scaremongering politicians, who told us not to rock the boat. Well I’m glad the boat’s rocked. These people don’t live in our world. They’re not affected by the issues that regular people face.
On the negative side, we have people like Boris on our side. I fear for the country if Boris does what he’s done to London to the rest of the country. Farage’s excesses need to be reined in too. I feel sorry for Mr Corbyn. He seems a nice, genuine, bloke, but he needs to go now. I also worry about the possibility of losing Scotland, and what might happen in Ireland re. the north/south border.
The UK is said to be the world’s fifth richest country. I’m sceptical as to that claim, but if it is, whatever way you cut it, we are being held back by an expanded rag bag of weaker countries. They don’t like us anyway. And we’re patronised by the Americans. No-one likes us, but we don’t care. We need to dig deep and find the inner–Millwall supporter within us. We should show new confidence as we forge a more autonomous future (hopefully winning the European Championships will help).
I saw a BBC news programme before the referendum. It showed packs of Danish bacon in a supermarket, and warned that EU goods would become more expensive. So? I think we need to start buying British whenever possible. I can’t do anything about the half-Chinese cab I drive, but I can choose British foods over European. Maybe the BMWs that Uber use will become more expensive – Ha! We should be supporting local producers.
Anyway, onwards and upwards. I would have respected whatever decision the referendum returned, and I remain a proud European.