What Happens Next? The EU Referendum

EU referendum

I, like many people around the UK, woke up to shocking news this morning.  The votes had been cast and the UK has voted to leave the EU.

If you had asked me yesterday what I thought would happen on Friday, I would tell you that it would probably be close, but it will be a remain majority.  How wrong I was.

Maybe it’s because I live in Scotland or maybe it’s because the demographic of my social group, but I didn’t actually know of anyone voting to leave the UK, all my friends and family were voting in, as was I.  I thought it was a sure thing!

UK EU referendum

Many people I know have jobs directly linked to the European Union, not surprising when there are over 3.5 million jobs in the UK linked to EU’s single market.  What will happen to their jobs?

The UK’s biggest trade partners are in the EU, this is the main reason large American and Asian companies build factories here, because we are in the EU single market.  Will they want to keep their factories here now?  Do you think the EU will still want to buy our goods and services when they could buy them from other single market countries?

What will happen to the 1.4 million British nationals that work and study in the EU.  They will no longer be EU nationals with freedom of movement.  Will they need to return home to the UK?  They won’t have the same rights as they once did.

EU referendum

Of course it’s no secret that the UK receives a lot of funding including subsidies to farmers and grants for scientific research.  What will happen to our world-leading universities and companies?  Will the UK government shell out for the shortfall?

There are of course many fantastic EU nationals who live and work in the UK and have done for years.  They don’t have British passports, but call it home, have families here and work here.  Do they have to leave?  I certainly hope not, there are many EU nationals who are among my closest friends and bring a lot to the UK.

Whatever happens there will be big changes, hopefully the pound will recover, there will be big changes but it will take a couple of years to sort out.  Until then, we will just have to hope for the best and that Boris doesn’t become PM.

However, Scotland may not wait it out, there is a lot of talk about a second independence referendum.  The main reason being that a large number of the ‘No’ voters in 2014 wanted to stay in the EU and were told the only way to guarantee that would be to stay in the UK.  Two years later and the UK has decided to leave the EU, despite all Scottish counties voting a majority to remain.  So, unsurprisingly, many Scottish voters want a second Scottish referendum, we could then remain part of the EU as the majority of Scottish voters wished.

Only time will tell what will happen, don’t panic as it won’t change overnight, but there will definitely be changes, lets hope they are for better and don’t undo all the great work that has happened through the EU partnership.  I personally have my fingers crossed for an independent Scotland, I do not want to be in a country where the likes of Boris Johnson is the PM, imagine him and Donald Trump plotting together!!

What are your hopes for the future of the UK?

J x

6 Comments

  1. June 24, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    To be honest think the UK is probably done & dusted… although we did spend the afternoon in serious talks about moving to Scotland!

    • June 25, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Lol, I think Scotland’s population might increase a bit in the next couple of years! x

  2. June 24, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    It’s a very sad situation isn’t it? I’m probably going to lose my freelance contract because of Brexit, so I’ll be looking for work soon. But on the plus side, we live in a democracy where we can all vote and the wishes of the majority will be followed. I’m not happy at all about the outcome but we have to make the best of the situation. In the meantime we’ll all be joining you in Scotland!
    Nat.x

    • June 25, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      We’ll get the tea on for you! The more bloggers up here the better. x

  3. June 25, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    My hopes for the UK are that we manage to somehow pull together, get over the divisiveness that tore us all apart (possibly more prevalent in my area of England where the majority voted “leave” and us remainers were seen as falling prey to fear!), and make sure that the decision that has been made becomes a positive one. I didn’t choose it, I have major fears over the repercussions, BUT I truly hope that my fears can be proven wrong and we can make the best of the path that was chosen.

    One of my fears is that this vote, however, will cause far more division – an Independent Scotland and the end of the UK, a further breakdown of the EU with other countries voting out etc, not because I do not think they should have the chance to choose (of course they do) but because I honestly think we are stronger together, if only we could put aside our differences and actually work together. I know the EU has many, many flaws. I know that the UK government has many more flaws. I just hope that we can move forward together to address these, you know, in whatever form that takes!

  4. June 25, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    My honest hope is that the petition for a revote will work and we may get back to remaining.

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