#whatdidyoudo? EU referendum. What happens now?

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Those of you who follow the blog will know I write a serious of #whatwouldyoudo. Had I got my act together and not been on my European holiday in the weeks leading up to the referendum I might have written a #whatwouldyoudo post prior to said vote. However I find myself awake at stupid o’clock, before my babies (I’m seething about that) watching the historic events unfold that the U.K has voted to leave the E.U.

I once had a conversation with an old and very intelligent friend of mine about the merits of a story that focuses on the three things we don’t generally discuss at dinner party’s – religion, money and politics. I do believe there is good reason for this, whilst these topics can unite they can also be heavily devisive and opinionated. They can even be the underpinning of wars. They can be a very explosive conversation piece. As such, I don’t generally get outwardly involved in posting, on my blog or social media my opinions or political affiliations, someone will always disagree and have something unpleasant to say. But today, today, for the first time, I found myself unable to hold back.

Following such a high turnout for the Brexit vote, it seems I am not the only one. I have woken up saddened at the result. I am pro Europe and pro being in the E.U. I would like the Euro (financial reprocussions aside), to drive on the right hand side of the road (selfish reasons), but more importantly I am pro the free movement of people. I understand that people’s view on immigration differs to mine, but I am pro immigration. The world is made up of hundreds of countries, with thousands of individuals each with assets, skills and qualities that can be well served when united, shared and when working with each other, whether it be in the U.K or another European or worldwide country. I know this is not a carte Blanche end to immigration or the FMP but I can’t help but be saddened. As someone who has enjoyed free movement first hand I am saddened that this principle may no longer apply to me and my peers and fear for the knock on effect this may have on Brits emigrating and Europeans immigrating to the U.K. What will that effect be, in reality? Uncertainty.

Then there is the economy, it cannot come as a surprise that the pound has fallen? I know there was scare mongering when it came to the economy but it does stand to reason the pound would indeed weaken and the economy will indeed suffer at least in the short term. Long term we, well I certainly, cannot possibly say. I cross my fingers and hope that this decision will not see us fall back into the dark days of 2008, a time that was felt so deeply by myself and my fellow graduates. But the truth is nobody knows, and that is what we have voted for. Uncertainty.

And what about our businesses? As someone who has been considering their employment future and business ventures this decision has cast a shadow over my personal ‘business’ future. Having spoken to a few local business owners they feared Brexit for the knock on increase in prices that will be inevitable, the consequence of which may in fact result in shutting the doors, I have also read pieces form individuals who have faced trade refusal with Europe until the outcome of the referendum. Now it has taken place what will become of these previous deals, partnerships or future ventures? Uncertainty.

What about Scotland? It was not that long ago we watched a historic in/out debate held by the Scottish people. People who voted to remain part of the U.K but now also, part of Europe. Will we see calls for another Scottish referendum? And a victory? Possibly. Yet more uncertainty.

I could go on and I appreciate I have more questions than answers and have in no way have I answered the title question. But that is of course because I can’t. In case you missed it that it the point. The future is uncertain, for you, me and our little ones. I love democracy and am proud to live in a democratic state, I respect the decision of each individual and am glad each and every one of us had the opportunity to voice our opinion. I just hope, more than anything, the decisions were made for the right reasons and not blinded by the taunts and scare mongering and backward atttitude of closing our borders and turning away people, people in need, people in search of a better life or people who can add so much to our wonderful little country.

So with that I will leave you with my first ever political Facebook posts from both my personal and my Tammymum page,

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As this is going to publish David Cameron is announcing his up and coming resignation, yet more uncertainty.

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9 Comments

  1. June 24, 2016 / 7:43 am

    It is a sad day for our future. There will be a period of great instability and uncertainty that i imagine will last for about 3 years (it takes 2 to actually leave the EU after all). I think your title is perfect. People of Britain… what did you do?

    • tammymum
      June 24, 2016 / 7:44 am

      Thank you Laura. It really is a sad and uncertain day.

  2. June 24, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    Let us encourage one another. Now is the time for reconciliation. I am frightened and sad- and fear and anger have brought us to this point.

    • tammymum
      June 24, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Yes you may well be right there. Like you say, reconciliation is the best foot forward now.

  3. June 25, 2016 / 8:53 am

    I think that, like most of us who voted to remain, there is a real fear for the future and sadness over what has been chosen for our children, which is completely underlined with a desperate hope that our fears will be proven wrong and that things will turn out okay. I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted to be proven wrong as much as I do right now! As said above, we need to pull together now and make sure that further divisions don’t come out of this…

    • tammymum
      June 26, 2016 / 6:26 am

      I couldn’t put it better myself, never have I ever wanted to be so wrong. Thank you for your comment x

  4. June 25, 2016 / 11:20 am

    I think we need to look to the future now, we can make changes together and hopefully make this shambles work for our children.

  5. June 25, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    This post sums up how I’m feeling even today the day after – uncertain. I feel uncertain about if and how it will be possible to fulfil big promises made and what reprocussions may be for the younger generation.
    It’s great you wrote about this we all in fact need to talk more about these things and then perhaps the ability to use scare tactics in politics will lessen as people have a confident more informed dialog xx

    • tammymum
      June 26, 2016 / 6:25 am

      That’s a really valid point Nadine, I think I may try to all s bit more forthcoming. It’s all well and good sharing after the event…