Posted on June 25, 2016
Brexit Brollocks – A Country Divided
It’s a little over 24 hours since the result was in and we knew, as a nation, that we’d voted to leave the EU. The dust has settled, at least a little, and the currency exchange rates and the stock markets have also settled. They’re down but it’s not as bad as it looked like it was going to end up when I wrote yesterdays article.
Yesterday, on taking to social media, I was shocked at the amount of anger that the remain side was showing. They were accusing the leave side of all kinds of things. What we have to acknowledge now, and I’ll be honest it took me a lot of soul searching yesterday to come to this, is that we have to accept the vote. For better, or worse, we voted out of the EU and we have to live with that decision and make the most of it moving forward. There isn’t going to be another vote. We just have to accept this is now going to be the new normal and move on.
In many ways I’m not surprised who won but the break down of the vote did show some interesting patterns in the vote. Several towns near to me voted at around 70% leave. My city? We voted flat down the middle 50% either way. I’m actually more than a little proud of the fact. Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU as did Northern Ireland and Gibraltar. Now the dust has settled a second Scottish Independence Referendum has to be in the offing so Scotland’s EU future is most likely secure. Northern Ireland could prove to be an interesting on as to how the land will fall. There’s so many variables there though.
And then there’s Gibraltar. That little tiny rock of land on the Southern tip of Spain that somehow is a part of the UK. They voted 96% to favour of staying in the EU. Spain now want to take Gibraltar back, as they have done for the last few centuries, and this time I think they might actually have the people who live there’s support.
At the moment we are a splintered country. Families are turning on families over this vote. It’s a situation that we can’t allow to continue. I, like many remain voters, was very angry yesterday and if you read my Morning After article (which I’m leaving up for posterity), you can read my initial anger. That’s subsided a bit now in to a kind of weary acceptance of the vote. We’ve all got to accept this vote. It’s not the one 48% of us wanted but it is the one we got.
I’ve seen someone on my Facebook timeline who claimed that all leave voters were uneducated racists who voted for the wrong reasons. That was a MASSIVE sweeping generalisation and that person was in the wrong to make it. Many people who voted leave did so for good reasons as behind the scaremongering the leave campaign made many valid points. That’s the issue though. Both leave and remain ran a dirty tricks campaign of fear and misinformation and this is the result of that. I think we need to change the laws on all future elections as campaigns like this hurt everyone.
A Tory MP from Yorkshire, I sadly forget his name, was on our local news last night. He said he was saddened by the display both sides put on and that’s why he wanted nothing to do with it. He’s right too. If fellow politicians are saying you’ve gone too far something must be done.
Like yesterday just hours after the result was in UKIP’s Nigel Farage was already going back on his pre-referendum promise of using the money we save from the EU membership fee to fund the NHS. He might’ve driven around in a bus with that on it’s side but apparently he didn’t make the promise.
What this result has shown, more than anything else, is that people are dissatisfied with politicians. We don’t trust David Cameron. We don’t trust any of them. Farage, for all of his faults, doesn’t sound like a politician and doesn’t act like one. The same can be said of Donald Trump’s popularity in America but we’ll get on to him at a later date.
Yesterday was democracy in action. The people voted. Now we must wait and see what happens next. One thing is for sure we’re in for an eventful few years.