Saturday, 25 June 2016

and breathe


I am sick to the stomach and upset. Like many I woke up yesterday to the news of the UK having decided to leave the European Union.

I have no words really other than I feel utterly devastated. I couldn't vote, of course but I had hoped that common sense would prevail and that Britain would choose to remain part of the wider European community. Working together and embracing diversity surely must be preferable to isolation and xenophobia? As a multinational family with four nationalities between the six of us we have to ask ourselves what bureaucratic hurdles we might have to overcome in the future to maintain our comfortable and happy status quo. How do you explain to your children the lasting potentially devastating effect this referendum put upon us by a fractured party may have? How do I explain that although Scotland unanimously voted to remain with Europe, she has to obey the majority vote or go her own way - a prospect that in itself is as emotionally explosive as the EU referendum has been.

Already the country is sobering up wondering what is going to happen. Some regret their decision, other rejoice in their victory.

I shall resume my usual chatty ways when I feel ready. I could not, would not pretend nothing has happened. It is a monumental decision, one that will haunt our children for a long long time.

Oh to be a dog and have no worries other than a pesky cat or two in the back garden! See you all soon. xx




20 comments:

  1. Agree with your post. At 66, I feel for younger people with families so much. Catriona

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  2. I'm with you too. I voted in purely on the basic of all the nature and habitats directives and protection which we only have in the UK because of the EU - with the same applying to other things like employment rights. The people who voted leave really mustn't have much understanding of the politics and will have no idea of the damage they've done :(

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  3. Feeling for you today. My big girl said "but why? in my class we all voted to stay in!" and my little girl asked "what country do we live in now?" I answered, "I really don't know Meg. I really don't know what kind of country we live in now." Love Jo xx

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  4. Am feeling exactly the same here. Devastated. Like Louise I am really concerned about the protection of our natural environment. That is clearly of very little consequence to the government. Economic growth is of more importance. And like you I am not feeling at all chatty or cheery. It is an utter disaster for our country. CJ xx

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  5. Feeling exactly the same. Simply cannot believe that there are so many people who are narrow minded and short-sighted enough to think that leaving is going to help anything. The "we don't need anybody else" attitude is just plain embarrassing.

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  6. I am so so sorry. There has been a lot of coverage over here about the vote and of course the consequences of that decision. The world markets took a big tumble just because of the results. Really how can so many people think that being isolated helps when actually working together as a team is what is best.

    Take your time, as you know I was pretty upset last week and needed a few days to regain my composure.

    Sending you a hug,
    Meredith

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  7. I feel the same. Physically sick. I thought my children were going to grow up Europeans. Many of those who voted leave will suffer the most. Devastating.

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  8. Totally with you Christina. I feel disbelief, shock and disgust... Even more so now witnessing some of the awful resulting behaviour. I'd like to have hope that things will turn out okay... But that is hard to find right now.

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  9. Same here and running out of adjectives to describe how I feel. I keep hoping Derren Brown will pop up and admit it's all been an elaborate hoax.

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  10. Utterly devastated Christina. I voted remain because I thought that, although the EU has its problems (who doesn't), Britain is far better as part of it and in the middle of it all working to make it better for everyone. But alas, it seems that it's not to be and that Scotland and Northern Ireland are being dragged out of it against their will and for that I feel truly sorry. Jxx

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  11. I can't imagine how stressful this has been for you, Christina, and for so many others in the UK. Hopefully a way forward can be found, and hopefully that happens sooner rather than later so you can feel a sense of peace again.

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  12. We do need to breathe gently and slowly to absorb the impact. I do hope that the way forward will be a postive one and not involving all the childish mud slinging that seems to be happening. It is a wake up call for the political elite, not the one I would have chosen, but I hope that it does make a difference in that sense but I don't hold out much hope on that front either.

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  13. This is my first comment but a long time lurker, I just wanted to say how upset I was too. As a Scot married to an another nationality and living in England I see many changes ahead all around. This is not the country I have believed in all my life but I will not give up hope just yet that it is gone.

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  14. My family has been gathered from around the world, I feel. The biological parents of my oldest son are from Asia, and one of the biological parents of my youngest son is from an African nation. Some of my Anglo-Saxon ancestors escaped religious persecution and ended up settling in the USA. There is some family lore that suggest we have some Native American members in our family line, although no proof of such. At any rate, I too am concerned about how the recent vote will impact our world. I am also concerned by the political rhetoric in the USA and have been especially praying that those who are in authority will make wise, righteous decisions. Sending you hugs, Christina.

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  15. Sunflower boy was born in Brussels and he lived more than half his life there until jobs took us to Asia and Australia and led me to the point of being in the UK arriving as a British citizen on a British passport unable to vote. The system is flawed that those Brits with direct first hand knowledge of Europe were unable to participate in the vote. I am hopeful that something will happen next, hopefully the Scots will block it in the British Parliament! Crazy days.
    Wren x

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  16. Hey Christina,
    Am with you all the way, my friend. I hold onto hope.
    Leanne xx

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  17. It seems we all feel the same. It is shocking to see the country in free-fall - we need a new PM, the Labour party needs to flipping Sort Itself Out, and even the England Football Manager has resigned. Big sigh and shake of the head. I feel heavy-hearted just like you. It's important to focus on the good in our lives and have hope but I do think we also need to shout from the rooftops and say we are NOT HAPPY with this. Hope you manage to forget about it while you're on holiday. Have a lovely time. Sam xx

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  18. I can't even begin to write how I feel about this, so my blog lies neglected while I fail to find the words. it is dire.

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  19. I am still reeling, it is should a shocking outcome! All we can do is sit and wait for the politicians to sort themselves out never mind the rest of the country. Thinking of you all during this unsettled time xx

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  20. Feel the same Christina, really devastating result and one which will change our country for the forseeable future if not for ever. I find it deeply distressing x

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