After the YouGov exit polls suggested a narrow 52-48 victory for Remain on June 23rd, I went to bed in preparation for my open day at Warwick University the next morning. On this night, 'going to bed' consisted of me watching the TV with bated breath as the thing that I had hoped so dearly for slowly became a reality. I 'woke up' to my dad telling me that it was time to get up and that against all odds, Brexit was happening. It was about half way up to Coventry when the news was finally confirmed, and that it was announced that the British Public, with the highest turn out for a national vote since 1992, had voted to Leave the European Union. It is the next chapter of Britain's political and economic landscape, and I could not be happier. However, my feelings were not shared by approximately 48% of the population.
In this article, I could go on about the pure outcry of the vast majority of my peers, angered about the uneducated and antiquated older generation (who had seen the EU for what it was originally designed to be and how different it has subsequently become) for ruining the future of Britain's youth (despite 18-24 year olds amassing a turnout of 36%, less than half of every other age demographic). But I would be forced into talking about the 52% of the population who are rejoicing and democratic vote, where their voices were heard and their vote mattered.
I could go on about the economic worries and uncertainties that we now face, ones that, despite being 100% legitimate and will cause a reduction of investment until new deals are formed, were inevitable after a vote of this magnitude. But I feel that if I talked about this, I would be forced to talk about the resilience and almost immediate recovery of Stirling, the FTSE, and various other post Brexit positives, such as the agreement for a new Jaguar Factory in Wales and the confirmation that Morgan Stanley will not be causing the 2,000 job losses that were talked of in recent months.
I could talk about the political instability that we now face, with the immediate and honestly inevitable resignation of David Cameron (in a speech that I feel will cement his legacy as one of the most respectable Prime Ministers this country has ever seen) and the apparent internal collapse of the Labour Cabinet (one that even the most rickety IKEA bedside table would be proud of). But once again I would hence be inclined to talk about the shock that this has sent through the spines of the unelected and unaccountable commissioners, who now must realise that the current direction of their European Project is not working. And hey, for all the Remainers reading this, Nigel Farage is out of a job and will probably feel inclined to take a step back from main stream politics now that his work is done! What a day to be alive!
What I am trying to say is this. The result of the referendum has had both positive and negative effects for every one of us. But the time for bitterness and anger and frustration must now be over. The public have made their decision, by a majority of 1.3 million people, and as said by both David Cameron and Jean Claude Juncker, this 'must be respected'. So let us move forward together, and make the most of the current situation. After what I feel was a poorly run campaign on both sides, I think we all need learn how to smile and laugh again. Here is how I picture the aftermath of Brexit. I hope you enjoy!