Where to now?

So the process of democracy now means I’m living a new country from the one I was living in only a few days ago.  The UK will be leaving the EU.  I type that with a heavy heart since whilst the EU is (was) far from perfect I firmly believed in the power of unity, collaboration, co-operation etc.  However that is hard, 500 million people from a wide bunch of cultural backgrounds and with a load of history between us trying all to work together and agree… that is tough.  Sadly the majority of my fellow Britains don’t take my few that the pain and the compromises necessary are in the long run better for us, economically, culturally and simply in the matter of peace in Europe in our time.

I was very active on social media before the vote, particularly as I’m want to do as a Specialist in Belbin or a Sage in Jungean archetypes, finding research pointing out the facts as I could uncover them etc.  But the leaders of the exit campaign told us this was not the time to listen to experts but to be brave and bold.  So we have been.

But what now?  We are leaving the EU… well technically (sorry to point out the facts again I know it pisses people off but… ) we aren’t as we’ve not triggered Article 50 in the EU treaty.  Once that happens two years of acrimonious divorce negotiations.  My assumption I can’t see how when you’ve told 27 other countries that you think their club is rubbish how else it will go – how many amiable divorces do you know of?

We’ll have a new PM, selected either by a small cadre of backbench Tory MPs if they produce a shortlist of only one or voted on by less than 150,000 members of the party.  Isn’t out democracy great – 17 million say out and the choice of the lead negotiator is left to less people than live in my council area.

One thing I’ve noticed a lot of on social media this week is the refrain from many that we need to stop whining about losing and get on with working at it.  I’ve been thinking about this as I feel sad, depressed, let down etc.  Here’s my point… Why should I?  Nigel Farage has campaigned for 20 years to get out of the system we were in, he didn’t pull together to make it work in the EU why should I pull together to make it work out of it?

I had a very depressing conversation with my son yesterday.  He has just, luckily, landed a 3 year contract at a top London university as a post doctoral researcher.  However I work in that sector and know how much funding and support comes from the EU esp since 2010 and effectively a freezing of research budgets in the UK.  I fear for his position in the future more than my own, although frankly I doubt I’ll now get to retirement without seeing massive redundancies in the sector.  However my son is someone who on this occasion as rapidly moved through the change curve (you can tell I’ve not!) and was talking about how he needs to use the next 3 years to line up opportunities in the USA and Canada.  Note he excludes EU as he doesn’t feel after we exit he’ll be welcome.  Frankly for me personally I’m extremely sad and angry about the whole decision to leave and the crisis our country is now in is frankly not of my making so you know what… Think I’ll accept the things I cannot change and look to have the courage to change the things I can.  At 53 emigration is unlikely to be honest and I’d rather not risk a move into the EU only to be forceably returned here when the exit completes if UK nationals are not allowed to stay.  But maybe I’ll start the UKinEU party and in 20 years be celebrating in front of Westminster?

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About furtheron

Music and guitar obsessive who is a recovering alcoholic to boot
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8 Responses to Where to now?

  1. I shouldn’t render an opinion because I’m only half-versed in the particulars but it seems to me a vote for the short-term without a thought to the long term ramifications. Also, a not-so-thinly veiled anti-immigrant scree. On the plus side, maybe I’ll finally be able to afford a trip to London.

  2. ainsobriety says:

    Major change is hard.
    But we all know it won’t turn out anything like we expect. So perhaps your son has the right attitude and is looking ahead to the opportunities.

    There are many scary things about this vote. I worry Donald Trump might win in the US. People do stupid things at voting time. Trust me, my home province, which is firmly based in oil and gas, voted in a socialist/environmental government to make a point. And we are suffering.

    Don’t let it get you down.

    Anne

  3. I’ve been wondering about how you were feeling after this decision. And personally I’m bummed because my husband and I were thinking of moving to England should Trump succeed in his bid for the presidency. The world has gone mad.

  4. I am very sorry.
    Although I don’t understand all of the politics of the UK, I do understand this is going to have major ramifications for years to come. Our stock markets have gone so low now, we lost all we gained last year.
    But you are right…you have no control over this.
    Today I heard that you can’t have a re-vote..that what’s done is done.
    I am so worried about our election and if Trump wins.
    I love the British people! You are our cousins!
    xo
    Wendy

  5. looby says:

    I woke up on Friday still shell-chocked from what half my country had done. The EU is undemocratic and is in urgent need of reform, but we are far, far better off in it than isolated from our biggest trading bloc and the brilliant cultural and intellectual life of Europe.

    My amateurish guesswork says that we won’t actually leave. The country’s in chaos as a result and big business prefers stability. I hope Article 50 *never* gets invoked.

    • furtheron says:

      I can’t see how we can’t leave without some uprising on the streets frankly. Whatever I feel about the result and how short sighted it is – we are in a democracy and the majority have spoken. A week before the vote I was saying to people “The last thing you want is a Norway deal, accepting all the rules without any means to influence them and still accepting free movement”… Now I think that is the best we can achieve and hope we can so this country has a chance at stabilising itself as the 6th largest economy in the world before it continues to slide any further down the league table.

    • furtheron says:

      It will sadly. This is one uturn they won’t do. However the chaos only really starts once we have formally left. I despair frankly

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