This is a shameful day in our country’s history

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Today is a horrible day and I feel overwhelmingly sad about the opportunities we are losing. We won’t notice an immediate difference because of the transition period but there is no longer anything we can do if we don’t like the changes that happen at the end of this year. We will no longer have the EU to protect our workers’ rights from the worst excesses of our government. We won’t have as easy access to the single market, so our prices will go up. The next generation’s chances to live, work and study in the EU will be severely limited and those EU citizens already here – our friends, family and neighbours face the Home Office hostile environment. Settled status doesn’t offer that much protection.

This is a shameful day in our country’s history and the evidence suggests that it is being forced on us without our consent.

I am truly distraught to lose my citizenship of the EU, which has always been about improving human rights and encouraging peace and democracy.

Heaven help us, frankly. We are now led by a right wing government that doesn’t give a monkey’s thumb about the most vulnerable people in our society.

The government has put us at a disadvantage in terms of international trade. We will find that negotiating with 27 of our mates brings a much better outcome.

We are all about to see that the future outside the EU is very bleak indeed.

I want to see us back in there before too much damage is done but I think that is very unlikely. It doesn’t mean that I will give up fighting for it though.

I am generally not one for National flags as they generally symbolise something incredibly mean spirited and make me very uncomfortable. However, the EU flag means a great deal to us and will always be displayed in our home.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Nick Collins 31st Jan '20 - 3:30pm

    I am ashamed.

    As majorities in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar voted to Remain, I cannot say that i am ashamed of being British. It is English nationalism that has got us into this mess; I am ashamed of being English.

  • Well I don’t feel great about any of this either. As I speak, some ejits are letting off fireworks over the road. So much for no gloating.
    Having said all that, I do feel the need to move on and try to make the best of this less than perfect situation we find ourselves in. This has all come about because many people have felt excluded from the political process and we must take some responsibility for that failure.
    In the short term jobs will be lost and individuals and their families will suffer. Supporters of Brexit have conceded that much. In the long term we will probably be ok, I have great faith in the genius of the British people. What does concern me is the future of the Union. Inspite of warm words from the government, it does seem that N.Ireland are about to be pushed under a bus and Scotland may well decide it wants out.
    Can I suggest that we look forward, not backwards, and focus on preventing our country from Balkanisation.

  • Chris and I had arranged a short holiday in Brussels Wednesday to Sunday on both sides of Brexit Day. On Thursday the city put on a special event – Brussels Calling – with the Grand Place lit up in red, white and blue. It was in effect a celebration of Britain with suitable music and artefacts. Some other Yorkshire folk had laid a wreath in the square with a message of sadness that was being photographed on all sides. Liberalism is much more than a generous, open minded spirit but it is an important part of the tradition and Brussels was wearing its civic heart on its sleeve. On Friday itself people were congregating quietly as midnight approached. Sharing Brexit with Brussels was a very moving experience.

  • Yousuf Farah 1st Feb '20 - 12:18am

    @Chris Cory
    When I read your comment I didn’t know whether I was dreaming or seeing a hallucination, someone from the Left that’s actually advocating for unity and understanding amongst divided people?! Rather a bizarre sight, especially now and during Brexit, if I could tell you the number of times I’ve seen other remainers, Labour supporters etc, wishing death and all sorts of misfortune on leavers, you would not believe it. Leaving the EU has made some die-hard remainers especially vindictive and bitter. I voted remain, and I think we should rejoin the EU, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I want this country to break up just because the people I prefer aren’t running it, or because I didn’t get the result I wanted in the referendum. At some point all this division and toxicity must end, and for what it’s worth, I think we should start listening to and engaging with people who voted Leave, we might begin to understand why they voted that way.

    Twitter is full of toxic Labour supporters, so it’s good to come here and see some people who actually care about this country, even if half or more of it is peopled by individuals they strongly disagree with.

  • I cannot understand the the attitude of let’s stop talking about Europe because it divides people. We need to have an informed discussion about how we should move forward. This must start with spreading the truth about the real European Union. This is just my approach of course.
    What I have not seen is a lot of personal animosity because of the political situation at present. It does not help to say that we must bring people together by stopping talking about an important topic. I can of course understand that people who were strong supporters of the coalition will not want to examine the lessons to be learnt from the past.

  • Some you win, some you lose, but life goes on.

  • Tony Greaves 1st Feb '20 - 3:52pm

    Thanks for your posting, Caron.

  • The Isles of Scilly also voted to remain.

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