Last Friday, I was awoken by a phone call from my mum at 7 AM. She told me that Great Britain voted in the referendum to leave the EU. I could not have believed it has I was more than sure that the British people would have voted to stay in the EU despite all the negative campaign from the Leave camp. I really thought that the reason and the vision of unity, prosperity and security was going to win over the Leave campaign that built its arguments on isolation, nationalism, xenophobia, hatred, racism and no clear economic and political after plan. I was very disappointed to find out that I was wrong.
I still cannot believe that the UK voted to leave. The British public chose to express their disappointment and disgust with the Western economic crisis of 2008, welfare cuts and Westminster politics, which is perceived has elitist and serving the needs of the wealthy metropolitan elites. This feeling has been expressed in the working class voters in Northern England, midlands and Wales. In my view, these communities were misled by politicians such as Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage to blame all their misfortune and governments’ mismanagement on the European Union, immigration and globalization. After Brexit it is clear that the threats and warnings, which had been predicted by political and economic experts was not far wrong.
Thus it looks like that the Leave Camp has no solid plan how to manage this mess. The saddest thing is that all the politicians who were very loud during campaign, e.g. Boris Johnson, David Cameron and George Osborne who are responsible for having this referendum in the first place are hiding and do not provide any solutions and answers. In my opinion, the only impact that this referendum will have on Britain is that its economy will get worse and make it harder for young people to succeed, widening of inequalities and weakens British place in the world.
The decline of British Empire has started after WW2 and I have a strong feeling that it has just got to the last phase. The most ironic point here is that this last phase of self-destruction have been started by politicians who put their personal careers over the nation’s welfare and unity. This divorce will have the most severe impact on the future of young people and it’s unbelievable to me that the British population has decided to destroy the future of their kids and thus also the future of their own country.