Feeling blEU

It’s official, I’m feeling blEU.

A double post is not something I’d normally do – but I couldn’t keep my mouth shut on the sad news that the British public has voted to leave the EU. Something which may of course still not happen as essentially referendum and is just a fancy word for an opinion poll. But let’s face it, change is coming – and I’m not ready. This post might be a little risqué, but what’s life without being risqué.

I woke up really early today at 5, way earlier than I’d normally be up and the first thing I did was look and my phone to look at the results. I said “shit” so loud I woke Ben up – soz Ben.

One of the things I’ve hated most about this referendum is how rushed it’s felt. I may have been convinced to leave – but in 4 months both parties, Remain and Leave felt like they were scrambling to feed us information about how both sides would work if they won – or didn’t. I think there’s been scaremongering from both sides due to what I felt was a really, really short amount of time and the facts and figures we’re never properly laid out. I know some people feel like we should never have voted on this in the first place – that’s what the politicians are for. I don’t necessarily feel like that’s the case for me – I just think there should have been a longer run up.

I haven’t been a big supporter of Cameron in general, but have felt like he has been the most level-headed leader out of – quite frankly, a bunch of morons – but I do believe he’s played a big part in helping the economy’s debt situation start turning around since the 2008 recession. The cuts that have had to be made have been undeniably hard, but I do truly believe for the better. For the most part the economy was beginning to flourish and I’m extremely nervous about what is to come in both the near and distant future.

The majority of people who have voted out from what I understand seem to vote with the idea of immigrants “come to our country and steal our jobs”. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many immigrants over the years and for the most part they are harder working than the majority of Brits. Add to that I think as a country we’ve become lazy, most people who have moved here from abroad are here to do the jobs that us as a nation can no longer be bothered to do for ourselves.

Making your frozen pizzas, picking daffodils to lifting potatoes, I live in the area of the country that has the highest percentage population of immigrants – and I can not tell you 1 person my age who I know who does  – or would be willing to do any of jobs that I’ve listed above. We want to be serviced and have it all bought to us on a shiny silver platter, forgetting who it is we’re relying on to polish it for us. Not only that unemployment is at it’s lowest overall level in 20 years, so the so called jobs that people are stealing are being filled. Now is probably the time to start becoming self sufficient if you can growing your own fruit & veg, in ten years there might not be anybody able or willing to do the job for us.

Yes there are a few spongers of society, here to take from our generous benefits system, something already addressed by the remain campaign to clamp down on and reduce. There are far more guilty of this sponging that are British born – I’d be throwing them off our beautiful island first.

The biggest LOL of celebrity opinion on Brexit was from actress Elizabeth Hurley – her reason for voting out is because the EU brings rules about what power vacuums and hairdryers we can have. That is such a stupid reason (IMHO) to vote to not be apart of the EU, yes whilst it is mildly annoying – these type of new rules will only bring innovation and help the planet’s environment. Who cares if it takes 5 and half minutes to hoover your carpet instead of 5, she’s probably not been near her hoover in years anyways.

The most disappointing thing of all is that on average the younger the voters were – the more likely they were to want to stay in the EU. The vote of the elder generation who will have to live with this decision for the shortest time is what swayed this vote. I don’t even have children yet, but I’m already nervous for their futures.


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  1. June 24, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    I’m so gutted that we’re going to leave :'( you’re right, it did feel stupidly rushed. I can’t believe how it has turned out either, because everyone I know has been extremely pro-remain and I’m so sad that our voices weren’t heard enough. But I suppose life will go on, and we’re going to have to learn to live with this decision. I don’t like it and I don’t want to go along with it, but that’s democracy I suppose. And hopefully our generation will be able to turn things around at some point in the future.

    • June 24, 2016 / 12:51 pm

      😥 I hope we can turn it around. I think maybe it’s due to social media – we all here the opinion of our peers who are the same age, but the older you get the less likely you are to see people on facebook, at least in my case – we probably just missed the hints! I can only count on one hand the number of people who voted out.

      • June 24, 2016 / 12:57 pm

        I must have just not talked to enough older people, because I really wasn’t expecting it! Oh well, hopefully things can work out in some way. I don’t know how yet but I’ve just signed a perition to get a second referendum. Have you seen it?

    • June 24, 2016 / 10:50 pm

      I was even more upset when I found out that some of my ‘remain’ friends didn’t go out and vote. London was sad today. Despite there was some sun, London was gloomy. Or it can be just me >_<

  2. June 24, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    I enjoyed reading an “insider” perspective on this situation. So shocking the outcome was “leave”. I worry it was a lot of fear mongering – from a country like Canada which THRIVES on having a rebust immigration policy, it’s sad to think people think closing their doors is the solution to their problems. It seems there was a lot of misinformation and knee jerk reaction to a more complex situation that people needed more time to mull over. Best of luck on the upcoming changes…

    • June 24, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Ben actually said this morning “let’s move to Canada, they’re a sane country!”. The door closing is probably not going to happen to an extent, we’ll need to agree new trade deals to trade with the EU like Norway who aren’t in have done and they traded that for the free movement of people – and pay the same amount of fees – so we could end up in the same situation that people have voted us out. We’ve (whilst not I) voted for changing an immigration policy, not an opinion on whether we should be in the EU, something which probably could have been negotiated.

      • June 24, 2016 / 2:42 pm

        Come on over! 🙂
        The markets are reacting strongly to the decision, I think mainly due to the uncertainty of it all. Who knows, maybe the changes will be subtle – but then if the changes are subtle, the question would be asked: then why leave at all? Yes, I do feel like the gains and losses from this decision will likely net themselves out, which makes the whole decision pointless… now I hear that the next fear is about Scotland wanting to leave the UK? Yikes.

        • June 24, 2016 / 3:13 pm

          Scotland had a referendum last year about leaving the UK and voted no – but are now calling for a second one so they can remain in the EU. I was against it last year but this time I wouldn’t blame ’em at all!

  3. Halle Duvall (@HalleDuvall)
    June 24, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Hi, Rachael,

    I’m new to your blog, but this is such a great post! I’m American and sadly I hadn’t been paying too much attention to Brexit until the past week or so (mainly because I just assumed that the majority would vote Remain!). It’s striking that the vote seems to really have been split along generational lines as well as between those with a protectionist/nativist view versus those who welcome diversity. How likely do you think that the Referendum results will be honored? It’s so strange that such a complicated issue which will have far-reaching effects was put up to a simple majority vote in the first place. The Brexit results make me more anxious about our elections in the US this year…. aaahhh…

    • June 24, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Hi Halle, welcome! I know I think it’s come as a shock to most, early polls last week suggested the vote was split 65% to remain, so really wasn’t expecting it, not only that but I can only count on one hand the number of people I know well who were out!
      Given the prime minister also resigned today I would say it’s highly likely we’ll be leaving – 90% chance I would say very slim in my eyes!
      In the UK were really nervous about your elections too – apart from the last few weeks where it’s been non stop brexit, the election talk or more specifically Disbelief of Trumps existence is all that’s on! Hopefully our nations don’t cock the world up things up too much!

  4. June 24, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I actually agreed with everything you said here. I have been a strong advocate for the remaIN campaign and was so disappointed to wake up to this news this morning. I really do fear what our country has and will continue to become. The incredibly ignorant and racist views of ‘leaving the EU will stop immigrants coming to our country’ is what I feel swung it for the Leave campaign sadly. If people want to follow the likes of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump then this country has worsened more than we could imagine. The idea of Britain being british is something I understand, however countries are just lines on a map and whilst I think maintaining and air of britishness, we live in a multicultural society where we should all work and live alongside each other rather than building up walls. I also thought David Cameron has been doing a good, yet sometimes firm job at running this country and building it back up after the recession. It is so sad that our future is just so damn uncertain now.

    • June 24, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      I’ve heard people on the radio saying today that they know more today about the false statistics and voted purely on the lies and facts they now know we’re fabricated, and already feel let down. I don’t know why anyone trusted the mans opinion, everything he did for the leave campaign was totally self funded, he has and never did have any say in how we would be spending “all the money that we’ll be saving”, and it didn’t take 2 minutes to discover he will have nothing to do with it. I’ve felt like crying today, I feel fortunate that I’ve bought a home and have luckily just remortgaged in a fixed term interest rate I’m pretty stable, but I really feel for anyone who is just starting out in the workplace, getting on the property ladder or even trying to rent.

      • June 24, 2016 / 10:06 pm

        Tom and I have been looking to buy a house next year for the last few years now and it’s just going to be near enough impossible. I’m so disappointed!

  5. June 24, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    Your hoover comment made me laugh. But on a serious note I worked on the remain campaign so I feel devastated today with the results. Funnily enough friends have told me to move to Canada too x

  6. June 24, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Now that it is brexit. Both Scotland, N. Ireland and London wants to do an ‘exit UK’ referendum. If all goes to hell, UK will consist of only England. >_< total nightmare.

  7. June 25, 2016 / 2:28 am

    I feel the same way. When I woke up I was hoping for good news but unfortunately the majority of voters voted to leave. I only know one person who voted to leave, she said it’s about housing – she meant immigration.

    It’s really sad! But it’s even worse when you read about people who already regret to have voted to leave…

    And the Bank Of England pledging to prop up the financial markets with £250bn says it all really.

    • June 25, 2016 / 7:02 am

      Yeah considering we have the highest number of immigrants here I wouldn’t say we have a housing crisis, the estate agents are full of properties to both buy and rent. They can’t keep up with building new houses here, but that’s the property developers fault – the% of immigrants buying them is like 1/100 houses! Drives me crazy!

  8. June 25, 2016 / 5:11 am

    I don’t know enough about the situation to comment on it but very interesting to hear your take on things! Also I can’t believe Liz Hurley said that…🙄 *facepalm*

  9. June 25, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    hey i want to nominate you for bloggers recognition award hope you will accept it 🙂 best wishes

  10. beautywithmei
    June 26, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    So I’m British but I live in Paris and the first thing that I did when I woke up my reaction was the same as yours. I’ve been living here enough, and paying taxes etc, so I’m actually looking to see if I can become French now. I’m disgusted with some of the hurtful comments that have come out by some of the leave voters and wouldn’t want to come back a country where so many are not inclusive or open minded on free movement. Living in London and abroad has helped me become a better person for various reasons and I don’t see how this can be a bad thing. Anyway, we’ll see what happens..

    • June 26, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      I hope this doesn’t effect you, and the situation pans out or you can become a French citizen! My uncle lives abroad and had already started the application to become a citizen after 30 years of living their for fear this would happen!
      I too am disgusted by the xenophobic behaviour, I really hope it’s a temporary minority feel because of victory and not an uprising.

  11. June 27, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    LMAO at Liz Hurley’s reasoning…

    We were pretty shocked at the result, too. Seems like there’s a lot of discontent that’s manifesting itself in the public voting for things they probably shouldn’t be (see Trump, Donald!). I hope everything works out well for you guys – I’ve visited England a couple of times and have always loved it there.

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