Yesterday marked one of the most important days for the future of the UK, article 50 has been put into effect and wheels of motion are turning for Britain’s exit from the EU. It’s been a long-awaited process and something which everyone in the UK has been eagerly awaiting the results of the referendum was announced on the 23rd of June, last year. Some papers, like the Sun and the Daily Mail, used their headlines as a scare tactic, predicting social disorder as we are overwhelmed by illegal refugees sneaking into the country. But, others took a different stance, claiming it will mean economic ruin and a time of real struggle. Now, all we can do is sit back and watch, to see who was right.
What is Brexit?
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, I will explain it to you. It all began with a man named David Cameron, who desperately wanted to win the 2015 general election, so he promised all the people in the land a referendum on whether we would leave the European Union (EU) or stay in, because of this promise David Cameron was elected for another term.
A lot of people were angry at the way the EU controlled us, forcing us to keep our borders open. The media fuelled this hate and soon bogus stories of refugees flocking to the UK, with hidden ISIS militants hidden among them, began to pop up online and in newspapers. So, on June 26th, 2016 everyone made their way to polling stations across the country to cast their vote. Most assumed we would stay in, including the Prime Minister himself and when he heard the result he left his position, leaving Theresa May to pick up the pieces. The process of leaving the EU was cleverly dubbed ‘Brexit’ by the media.
As someone who lives in England and witnessed first hand the effects of such a historic vote and the divide it has caused amongst the people here, and although I personally wanted us to stay, I understand the arguments for those who wanted to leave and I feel they were influenced by those with an agenda. However, there’s one element of this whole debacle that is far more worrying than any propaganda piece and that’s everyone’s desperate attempt to predict the future and acting as though their assumptions are cold, hard fact. The fact of the matter is everyone is just guessing, something could happen that no one could foresee. Maybe the zombie apocalypse will begin, maybe a nuclear war will break out, or who knows maybe something even more bizarre will happen like the UK will come to an amicable agreement and everything will be just fine.
But, it’s happened now and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. As Theresa May said, while addressing parliament after article 50 triggered Brexit, “We’re going to take this opportunity to build a stronger and fairer Britain, one our children and grandchildren will be proud to call home.”