I couldn’t believe my eyes when I checked the news yesterday morning. I hadn’t even considered the possibility of a brexit victory, especially since I don’t know a single person who voted for leaving. That might be because in this vote it was the older generations who chose the future path for the younger generations, a path so many don’t want to go down.
There’s a lot of anger, disbelief and worry in the air at the moment. (I still can’t believe what has actually happened!) Naturally the European Union has its flaws, but to me it has always represented security, unity and cooperation – and having worked, travelled and lived in various European countries I’ve experienced the advantages of this union over and over again.
I guess the worst thing is that no one really knows how this decision is going to affect Scotland, Britain, Europe and the rest of the world. We don’t know what the financial repercussions are, we don’t know what the future for foreigners living and working in the UK will be and we don’t know just how widespread the overall consequences will be.
62% of Scotland and 75% of Edinburgh voted for remain, which makes me think Scotland is the best place to be in in the UK at the moment. Nicola Sturgeon has also reached out directly to other Europeans living and working in Britain, assuring us that we are welcome in Scotland. It looks like there will be another independence referendum now, as many of the people who voted “no” in the last one also voted for the security of a united Europe – and now Britain is “forcing” Scotland to leave EU as well. If there is another referendum I won’t be surprised if the outcome is a loud and clear “yes”!
These are times of uncertainty where only one thing is certain: there will be change. And I believe that’s exactly what many of the leave-voters actually voted for: just a change for the better. If things get really bad I’m lucky as I always have Finland to go back to…
x Nina x
PS. Thought these pretty poppies would brighten up these bleak times a little bit…