Very few, including those who campaigned to Leave, saw this result coming, a fact that has been made all the more clear by the about-turns and jumping of ships which have been taken place since, including the abrupt resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Needless to say, I voted to stay in the EU and do not think that leaving is a good idea. Although the EU is imperfect, the solution from my perspective would have been to work on making things better rather than throwing the baby out with the bath water. There is simply too much for the UK to lose by leaving, and too many variables that have the potential to be damaging to the nation as a whole. I believe that those who voted Leave have overestimated the UK’s importance to the EU by assuming that the EU will somehow crumble without the UK, and that the other member nations will be so keen to keep the UK that they would concede everything when it comes to negotiations, and have, conversely, underestimated the importance of being within the EU to the UK, particularly economically.
From a political perspective, all I can say is: shame on David Cameron for bringing this nationwide chaos to the fore. Being desperately shortsighted, he traded common sense for UKIP votes (UKIP being a right wing political party) and has now unleashed major damage – and perhaps future destruction – on his own country. Seeing the unapologetically bigoted Nigel Farage smiling with glee and claiming a victory is enough to make any rational person sick to their stomach; the irony is that Farage himself didn’t expect the UK to vote to leave the EU, despite encouraging them to do so!
Looking at the breakdown amongst age groups, it’s clear that the oldies of Britain have voted for a futu
Leavers – what is your vision for the future of the UK? Both on its own and in terms of its relationship with Europe? Do you think that you’re in a strong(er) position now to negotiate with Europe? Exactly what incentive does Europe have to gain from negotiating with UK at this point, when they need to try and stop other countries from doing the same thing?
What a time to be alive…