I’m back, I’m writing, and I’m angry.
I’m not just angry, though, I’m sad too. I dont think there is a single person in the United Kingdom (or, even, in Europe) who hasn’t heard the shocking news concerning Britain’s departure from the EU. I woke up today and laughed at my phone; stupid hoax. Silly internet trolls. Never heard of that site. Wait… The Guardian and The Telegraph are saying Leave won. I jab and swipe at my phone screen frustratedly, wanting the silly lies and speculation to disappear. But they don’t.
Welcome to apocalypse Britain, the place where nightmares are made and everything you took for granted has been turned upside down. For the duration of today, I watched politicians come forward to talk about just what the consequences would be following a 52% victory for the Leave campaign. I heard Labour, the SNP, Farage, Jeremy Corbin and good old Dave Cam sound off on the surprising result, but I felt very little. I then went upstairs and checked my phone. Group messages and Facebook were awash with angry protests, claims of tear-filled mornings and, most devastatingly, friends that live or have lived abroad (just as I have) voicing their concerns over the uncertainty of their plans and future goals.
This doesn’t just affect me and the rest of my language squad who have invested over ten years of our lives in learning European languages in hopes of securing a job in one of the many EU occupations. Oh no Farage. I’m afraid that this lifts the curtain on a painfully divided, unhappy and prejudiced Britain that I fear will only get worse. Granted, I do not own a crystal ball. Many will says the Facebook proclamations are unnecessary cries of grief written for the purpose of drawing attention to the individual as opposed to the cause, but in this case I disagree. These voices on Facebook are the terror of a young Britain who are genuinely scared of a future that was uncertain enough (the 2008 economic crash did that damage nicely), and now has fallen into a new, dark pit of the unknown. This isn’t familiar territory: Millennial Britain doesn’t know what it is to be outside of Europe. The older generation do, but how can votes have been made so hastily, and on the basis of such a scattershot, heavily biased and skewed campaign which made promises of which the most important one (the devoting of the many millions that Britain apparently gives to the EU) has already been scrapped?
12% of Brits aged 18-24 did not vote in this Referendum. Farage has branded it ‘UK Independence Day’. I wish I could share his sentiment of freedom, but I have never felt as trapped by democracy’s inevitable chains as I have today.