I’m a Brexit “loser”.
It’s true. Like many others, I voted to remain in the EU.
That’s because I strongly believed – and continue to believe – that leaving the EU would be A Bad Thing.
I worried a “leave” vote would lead to a rise in racism and tension.
I worried it seemed to be economic bad news.
I worried that ignoring “experts” was being presented as a moral triumph. “Hurrah! Screw you, smart people who understand things! Let’s base our politics on sentiment instead!”
That said, 52% of those who voted didn’t agree with me.
Maybe you’re one of them. That’s okay – your life experiences mean you have a different view of the world. We can disagree.
However, I’m sure we would agree that Brexit was an ugly vote. It has stayed ugly.
“We won, so shut up already!” goes the rhetoric in some circles. Anything other than shutting up means I’m a “loser” or a “moaner”.
It’s going to be years before we leave the EU, and years after that before the full consequences are known. Are we just supposed to not mention Brexit for the next decade, aside from waving virtual pom-poms and shouting, Yay, Britain! every so often?
When did it become unpatriotic to question the government? To hold them to account?
Does the fact that the Brexit vote happened mean the conversation is closed? Because if that’s the case, I missed a memo about fundamental changes to how democracy works.
I run a business that buys a lot of stuff that’s priced in dollars and euros.
Since Brexit, the pound’s value has collapsed. As a result, the cost of our newsletter software has increased by £60 a year. Our SEO data service by £97 a month. Hosted software by £15 a month.
Our hosting company bills us in pounds but buys in dollars. A few weeks ago, they had to put prices up by 10%, costing us around £500 a year.
Is it moaning to point this out? To say that we’re cutting spending elsewhere to offset those costs? Maybe long term this will all work out for the best. But right now? It’s a pain. It really is.
I don’t mind saying that the increase in racist attacks in this country chills me. Seeing my own country’s government talking about maintaining a list of foreign workers makes me shudder. Shouldn’t I voice those thoughts? Really?
I didn’t vote for this, but I have to deal with it. I will deal with it.
Just don’t tell me I’m unpatriotic. That I’m not trying hard enough, as though currency fluctuations can be magically cancelled out by a Union Jack and a can-do attitude.
We’re leaving the EU. I accept it. But right now? I don’t have to like it.