(This post was written two days after the EU referendum and whilst no doubt things have moved on since I wrote it, the sentiments of the combatants are clear.)
Jean-Claude Juncker tells Britain,
“We now expect the UK government to give effect to this decision as soon as possible … any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty.”
“I do not understand why the British government needs until October to decide whether to send the divorce letter to Brussels. I’d like it immediately. It is not an amicable divorce but it was also not an intimate love affair.”
“The Union is the framework of our common political future.”
David Cameron resigns,
“I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed.”
“We cannot turn our backs on Europe. We are part of Europe.”
I know I wasn’t the only person who woke with an uneasy feeling on Friday 24 June 2016, wondering ‘what now?’.
After weeks, ne, months of brow beating, public school boy style bullying, vague promises of greater things to come and threatening every possible form of financial failure in fact Armageddon was just a cross in your box away; the world still turns, the manufacturers still produce and the important money making markets who continue to control the entire globe soon rallied after the initial shock wave had diminished.
It wasn’t a sweeping victory which may perhaps have been better and the media are now peddling their wares to ensure everyone continues to be fired up. But we should be used to that, we have endured decades of scare mongering as the newspapers, radio, TV and now social media stir up a hornets nest. It’s a simple fact that bad news sells and if you can make people angry thus causing more trouble, then that inevitably creates more news. The media circle.
So despite the people who voted to leave and who allegedly now regret their decision (I’m sorry but I have no sympathy for those numpties, voting for something in the hope it won’t happen is worse than not voting at all), disregarding the call for another vote (what next, best of three then rock, paper, scissors?) and for those who wanted to remain and are now shouting obscenities to those who voted to leave (I have read some excessively vile vitriol on Twitter and FaceBook) should perhaps be reminded we live in a democracy and the fact remains that by a democratic process we are out.
So now it is time to regroup and think about the future because no matter how much you hate what has happened, we have to move forward carving a niche for a new beginning using known successes as our foundations.
There’s one thing the UK is very good at and that is being resilient and coming to the fore in a crisis and the only way we will make this work is if everyone pulls together; using bitterness and resentment will only lead to mistakes being made and a longer recovery.
So come on England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, there is every reason to make the new era work but no reason to impede progress and calling for referendums in the heat of the moment to part company with England when people’s emotions are so impassioned may result in very short personal term gain.
Besides, I have a hunch; this is going to be a wake-up call to Juncker, Hollande and Merkel who have continued regardless in their own world of political luxury ignoring the calls of their electorate, and I’d have money on it that the EU as we know it will be no more. I predict within five years it will be a very different political landscape that recognises the rights of its citizens and individuality of member states and will welcome successful countries like the UK to complement it albeit on a very different footing.
- Juncker sees it as a disappointing love affair
- Cameron stands proud
- Boris says we are still part of Europe
- Nicola sees it as an opportunity
- I see it as a new beginning filled with countless opportunities