More people came out to vote for the referendum than they did to vote at the general election, with over 70% turnout. It seems people do care more, and wanted a say. As the news has just been announced, Scotland and Northern Ireland had voted to remain, but the majority of England and Wales voted to leave. Brexit has officially been declared.
While I am happy the majority of the public saw sense and did not fall for the scare tactics of the remain campaign, what does it say about the feelings of the public? Traditional Labour areas and voters voted to leave—why? Simply because the issues of employment, cultural segregation, and immigration have affected their lives too much, and paying a few pence extra for groceries doesn’t make up for the lack of NHS facilities, decline in school places, lower wages due to competition for jobs, or feeling alienated in your own town. People talk of free markets, but freedom of movement doesn’t always mean better quality, cheaper perhaps but for whom? It’s interesting to note all those on social media that say the Brits have made a mistake all live in other countries. They simply did not get that it did not concern them, as they don’t live in the UK and aren’t even British. That was the point; too many parties that have nothing to do with the UK were putting their noses in where they were unwanted.
I looked at some celebrity social media profiles who were telling their fans they were voting to remain, mainly footballers who are incredibly rich. Why would they vote to remain? Many have homes abroad and that means they pay less tax, and also can move around freely. That is a luxury the average person does not have, so it was simply selfish, not rational and didn’t serve the interests of the masses. Why did companies want to remain? It was cheaper for them to import goods and and to bring in cheaper labour, again for selfish reasons.
The UK will survive economically, but most importantly the people have voted for the right to make their own laws again. That is something that existed for centuries until the EU intervention, as the economy is something that will fluctuate constantly whether the UK was in the EU or not. Some may ask what does that mean—it means the UK can regulate an create their own standards in regards to health and safety, employment laws, criminal laws, and human rights. Rather than abandon laws, the UK will no longer be bound by EU law and can refer to domestic statute laws, but can and may take EU decisions into account.
The EU initially was a good idea, to trade together and be good neighbours, but when a neighbour begans to have too much of a say of what was going on in your own house, then that’s when that pact began to fail. Many soldiers died in the past World Wars to protect the UK, and now the people have spoken to protect their culture, society, and future. The future will be rocky for a while, but brighter, because the UK has voted for independence, and the right to be British with a British elected government make decisions.