…and I can’t say I’m too happy about it either. I’ve waited a while to write about this because I wanted to see what the immediate repercussions were before I passed any opinion.
First of all, the British public voted to leave the EU. Not Parliament, the British public. 52% of us voted leave, whilst 48% voted to remain. That is a mere 4% between the two factions and I think it’s fair to say that these figures suggest the public are completely divided on the EU issue. I voted remain, simply because I was fed up of immigration scaremongering. Whilst I agree that immigration is an issue, there are ways of combatting these problems without leaving the EU, such as bringing in a points system or quite simply accepting the fact that immigrants are human beings. Since the results, there have been horrifying instances of assaults fuelled by racism sweeping across the country. One polish family got hate mail posted through their letterbox and their shed burnt down, whilst Jo Cox was stabbed to death in her constituency for defending immigrants in Parliament, by a Britain First supporter. If I’ve learnt anything from these cases it’s that British people are uneducated and naive when it comes to immigration. Just because someone immigrates to your country, doesn’t mean that you’re any better than them or that you have the right to public services any more than they do. They’re a human being, they might be trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, they might be escaping conflict. It’s not fair to assume that all immigrants are criminals or all Muslims are terrorists trying to convert a whole community to Islam. These assumptions are quite simply ludicrous and there is plenty of information online about immigration statistics to suggest that actually, immigration is a benefit to Britain. I would also just like to say that before passing an opinion on a religion, people should take the time to read about it and understand it. ISIS is a completely different branch of Islam to that which we see in the UK, it is extreme and actually contradicts many principles of the faith.
I’m not going to complicate things in this blog post and start waffling on about economics or statistics, there are plenty of articles online which suggest that leaving the EU will seriously damage Britain both economically and politically. But did the British public listen to the experts? No they didn’t, that much is painfully obvious. Approximately £1.4 TRILLION left the UK economy in the first 24 hours after Brexit and surprise surprise, the experts were right, because things don’t seem to be improving. Moreover, that £350 million Nigel Farage promised leave voters and the NHS, seems to have disappeared down a dark dark drain full of lies and empty promises. I’d just like to point out too that maybe the real reason the NHS is failing is because of Jeremy Hunt’s cuts and not immigrants, oh no sorry, that’s not true is it, immigrants are to blame for EVERYTHING apparently, silly me.
A lot of people I know who voted leave, voted leave because they believe Britain should be independent again and I quote, “be able to make their own laws.” Anyone who’s studied the law system, at any level, will be able to tell you that actually we do make our laws quite successfully. Yes, we do have to follow regulations set out by the EU, or did, but they were there to protect us. In fact, despite being law, these regulations don’t really affect the British public as much as you might think and actually, the EU has very little say in a lot of our domestic policy. Jon Henley has written a fantastic article outlining a lot of myths about the ‘perils’ of the EU, which you can read here.
After the results came in it was such a shock that everything went completely tits up in Parliament. Cameron resigned, Farage hung up his frogs legs and Labour tried (and is still trying) to get rid of Corbyn. As a Corbyn supporter myself, I’ve had a considerable amount of backlash from Tories regarding Corbyn’s ability to manage the labour party successfully and lead the remain campaign. All I have to say in my defence is, practise what you preach. The whole country is in disarray because your leader, THE PRIME MINISTER, failed a remain campaign himself and has resigned as a result. Someone on my Facebook newsfeed actually had the gumption to say that she wondered how many people signing the petition for a second referendum actually voted remain in the first place. I nearly regurgitated.
I’m still very disappointed by the outcome of the EU referendum and I probably will be for a long time to come. I don’t honestly think the public were qualified to make such a decision either. Not everyone takes the time to read the facts, or do their research. Politicians lie, they tell you what you want to hear and that’s one of the reasons why I have so much respect for Jeremy Corbyn, he’s honest, in fact, perhaps he’s a bit too honest. The only positives that have come from the results of EU referendum is that it’s shaken Parliament up considerably, exposed party leaders for what they really are and made young people become more interested in politics.
I just hope in the future, those young people stand up for what they believe in and teach their own children to do the same.
- EU referendum results.
- Plymouth arson attack.
- Jo Cox’s murder.
- Immigration benefits.
- Islam information.
- UK Economy not improving since Brexit.
- EU Myths debunked.
- What would happen if Britain left the EU?