The votes are in and the dye has been cast – Great Britain will be leaving the EU.
Anyone who knows me personally will know how I felt upon waking to the news this morning. I have never sat on the fence. I voted to remain in the EU and I stand by my opinions. As anyone on the losing team does, I feel disappointed, slightly angry and extremely concerned at the future of our country. Others amongst you will have voted to leave and no doubt be celebrating. I am not here to debate the rights and wrongs of our votes. That was my vote. That was your vote. That’s democracy folks.
As you would expect, opposing extremes of emotions are being typed, tweeted, shared and ‘liked’ in the people’s virtual House of Commons this morning. My social media feeds have been alight with heated exchanges and harsh words following on from the historic news. 72% of the UK turned out to vote, an unprecedented level. So what has got us all riled up and out in droves to vote? Why do people care about this way more than even our General Election?
I live in an area where 57% voted to leave the EU. I’m not shocked by this as I’ve spent the last few months asking everyone’s opinions and debating the subject. You know what? As far as I can see, the one thing that appears to have united us all in the EU Referendum, whether IN or OUT is hate. Hatred of a vote that differs to our own. Hatred of the EU border controls. Hatred of the billions spent on EU fees. Hatred of the lies that the money would now be redirected to the NHS. I could go on but you get the point. It doesn’t matter which camp you are in – the theme of the EU Referendum has been hatred. How sad is that?!
For me and many other parents, this was our children’s referendum. We know that it will take years for the impact of this change to touch our lives and therefore it will be our babies and children who will suffer or celebrate in the decision made today. Nobody really knows how it will affect things. Democracy or propaganda, depending on your view point, has won out and there is no use in debating it any longer. It’s done and we cannot change it.
What I really don’t want to see is our children being weaned and raised on the taste of hatred. This we could change if we can all put our differences aside. It may be naïve and optimistic but I want us to come together as Mother’s, Father’s, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, friends and neighbours for the sake of our babies futures. We must try to unite against all this hatred. Lets stop all the contempt and anger, respecting the process of democracy. If we come together, stop teaching and preaching this hate and try to be kinder to friends, families, strangers and neighbours in our own communities then whether in or out of the EU, we might still be able to leave our children a great Britain to live in.