I was going to write a big post about the referendum and UK’s decision to leave the EU. And then I wasn’t. But having spent an entire day in the office, listening to people talking, bickering, and downright fighting about what’s “right” and “wrong”, I decided go ahead and write a little post. Hi, by the way; long time no speak – let’s leave that habit behind, ah? Referendum jokes? Too soon? Kay.
I have been a resident in Britain for over 10 years. I am not a British citizen. I was not allowed to vote in this referendum. Had I been given that privilege, I would have most definitely voted to remain. But I’m writing my post in spite of these facts because I understand and support the fact that I couldn’t vote 100%.
Do I think the UK will suffer as a result of this decision? Yes. Did I feel sick to my stomach hearing the news this morning? Absolutely. Do I think the people who voted ‘leave’ are wrong? Absolutely not.
I would have voted differently without a moment’s hesitation. But I think the key part of information that everyone seems to be forgetting is that no one was right and no one was wrong. We had varying opinions and different motivations for voting either way. Some areas (thinking of Scotland in particular) showed a very different attitude to others, and it may go on to make a difference and lead to a different outcome. For others, the decision is pretty final.
But that’s not to say I’m not angry and disappointed. I’m angry that people are allowed to make a vote based on nothing but patriotic feelings. I’m disappointed that politicians are allowed to make promises that fall apart moments after winning (however, I’m sure that’s a solid base for a re-vote, if only the EU will forgive us). I’m angry that the elderly are allowed to vote on issues that cannot be re-appealed for decades, when they won’t be hugely affected either way due to having a secure pension. But mostly, I’m disappointed in those who voted out of pure hatred for immigrants – not because I’m an immigrant myself – but because the immigrants aren’t even half the problem some people think they are.
I have never felt more disappointed and unwelcome.
And I pity anyone who liked living in the Great and diverse Britain.