Here we are, in the middle of the day after the referendum decided that United Kingdom would leave the EU. And a funny day it is – my twitter feed is now somewhat calmer than yesterday when people in the academia were scared of the what would happen to them, and uncertainty spread around followed by rage from those 75% of under-25 year olds who saw their EU citizen state snatched away from them by the older voters.
As I stated in a previous post, spend a lot of time outside the academia with people who are largely very much against the EU, and there was no-one apart from my closest colleague who voted to stay in. But yesterday there was no leering from them (apart from one person who had the audacity to call out my colleague for no intellect for voting to stay in, then claim that the EU had no effect on workers’ rights). Oh no, no rejoicing. When the markets stated to plummet, all you could hear was a stunned silence. Some people have exclaimed ‘what have we done’, however, they now need to face the reality of what is happening.
There is so much I could say about what is going on. But I am taking it in myself right now. The implications of the referendum are multiple, and the current situation has revealed a rift between the older generation and the younger one, who voted overwhelmingly to stay. Scotland wanted to remain, so did Northern Ireland. Scotland may reconsider its position as an member of the United Kingdom, and there are calls to join Northern Ireland together with Ireland. Will this become an issue of the dominance of England over the smaller nation-states, who knows. It might, and it is understandable – the focus is so much based on England and always has been.
Clausewitz said, ‘although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.’ And I’ll tell you what – politically this is probably the most interesting thing that has happened in a long time. Will the EU see this as a situation where they need to punish GB? Will they see this as an amazing situation where they could reform totally now that GB will no longer be a part of it, having a say and veto-ing things. Will the EU use Article 50 to keep all the free movement of the people? The possibilities are endless. Among all negativity, could this be something that might be positive for the EU?
I will leave you with another Clausewitz quote:
Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.
Let there be light for those of us who need it.