To say I am thoroughly disappointed and shocked with the outcome of the referendum would be quite the understatement. Cameron’s resignation was no great surprise to me. Although he resolutely maintained that Britain should remain (while failing to make substantial progress during negotiations with the EU or overlooking the issues that influenced Leave supporters), he refused to face the consequences of the referendum that he vowed to hold. I have already outlined in my previous post the precarious future that awaits us if we proceed with Brexit but now the country has no leader and its government is in total disarray. Now all the public can resort to is looking to those who are commemorating the discord; people like UKIP leader Farage and Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, hoping they’ll know what to do next. Personally, I can’t ascertain any positive outcomes of Brexit, with the exception of possible Scottish independence. The Council of the European Union and the British government are still reeling but they’re now scrambling to put together task forces to manage the negotiations although the Council insists that they will not commence until Britain has confirmed its withdrawal with Brussels by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
Meanwhile, Labour has been full of strife following the referendum results and Corbyn’s supporters within his own party seem to be dwindling, which is another let-down as I strongly believe in Corbyn’s socialist policies and I think it’s time that the UK tried a new political ideology so that perhaps Britain can recover from its downfall. Accused of failing to adequately promote the remain campaign, a number of Labour frontbenchers resigned and subsequently, Corbyn lost a no-confidence vote amongst the Labour MPs 172-40 but is adamant about persevering as Labour’s leader.
The Conservatives seem to face turmoil as MPs make a bid for the role of Prime Minister. Boris Johnson, an avid supporter of Brexit was forced out of the race by Michael Gove, the justice secretary who instead launched his own campaign to become UK’s next leader, stating “I am standing because I have a burning desire to transform our country.” Article 50 is unlikely to be triggered immediately, as Cameron is unwilling to be associated with it and so we may have to wait until the new Prime Minister is elected in September. The process will most likely take a few years and Brexit will not happen immediately but key issues may be addressed before then.
What frustrates me most about this whole development is the statistics that surround it. Amongst young people, those who will have to endure the long-term consequences, only 27% voted to leave. The age group that had a high percentage of leave voters? 65+.
Our own future has been marred. We are the ones that will be affected the most by the decision of an old, traditional generation that cannot overcome their nationalism and haven’t bothered to fully educate themselves about the ramifications of their decisions. Now they are showing some regret but I don’t sympathise. The future is grim but all we can do is hope that the final outcome is more auspicious.