I guess I’m a bit of an outsider here. I have a British passport (as well as Irish and Costa Rican ones) so I can give a bit of a mixed bag opinion. In quite an unusual twist for me, I’m a bit on the fence on this one.
On one hand, from the leave side there’s a lot of racist rhetoric. Many people on the leave side don’t seem to see that or understand racism. They think that others are being racist toward them. They did win the vote though. That’s where I remain on the fence.
I think financially it would hurt the UK significantly to leave the EU. I have a business registered there but I haven’t passed any activity through it because I don’t know if it will hurt me or benefit me to put business through the UK, so I use my other European and International-registered businesses to engage with clients.
One thing which I think seems to be significantly misunderstood is the backstop for Northern Ireland. I grew up during the troubles. We grew up in an Evangelical (Protestant) family and I had to go to a Catholic school - that was quite interesting! It seems like only yesterday that the troubles were ceased, but actually it’s now history that’s taught in schools to kids who never knew anything of it.
The reason I think this is significantly misunderstood is because of the European Visa issue. As an EU citizen you can live freely in any EU country and get a job there and pay taxes (which Brexiteers don’t seem to want). That allows Catholic Irish people to live in Northern Ireland whilst maintaining their identity as Irish Citizens. Some have been living there since we joined the EU in the 70ies, over 40 years ago. They don’t know anywhere else as their home.
When the UK leaves the EU, there will be millions of people who identify as Irish and Catholic who don’t want a different Nationality, and to whom being British means being Protestant, which they don’t want either, who will then potentially be illegally living in the country where they were born. And they voted against that happening but still lost the vote.
I think the problem was the whole premise of the vote. More thought should have gone into what people were voting for, and more information should have been handed out on the pros and cons.
Yes, the people voted. Yes, some of them didn’t know what they were voting for and they voted wrong. Yes, the democratic system should be adhered to and Yes, terrorism will increase and people may be made homeless because of it. It’s such a difficult no-win situation. I can’t believe that the people of Britain were given such a choice to begin with.