#BrexitStories written by ordinary people whose lives are, or will be, impacted by Brexit. Join the conversation too and tell us your Brexit stories! Have your say!
Tell us how the EU has changed your life or your family’s, how your studying in another EU member state got you to work in your field or opened your horizons on new cultures and new languages, how your local community may have benefited from Britain being a member of the EU (EU funds for your local hospital, local projects funded by the EU...), how your town or your region took advantage of being in the EU to create jobs, to help with your local NHS...
Tell us about the things the media never talk about which would never have happned without the EU. And tell us how Brexit has already impacted and will impact your life.
Your Brexit stories so far...
🗨️ Jessica (in East Sussex):
“My husband came to the UK in 2003 using his freedom of movement. He soon got a job in IT due to his high skill level. We met in 2009 and we now have 2 Portuguese/British children. Without freedom of movement my family wouldn’t exist. The EU, to me, symbolises unity and we will be so much poorer isolating ourselves from our biggest trading partners.”
🗨️ Craig (in Fife, Scotland):
“The sooner the UK leaves the EU, the sooner an independent Scotland will be able to rejoin the EU.”
🗨️ Elizabeth (in Basingstoke, Hampshire):
“The nation as a whole will be poorer. It doesn’t affect me significantly, but I deplore the wilful destruction of freedoms and rights from which I benefited (I lived and worked in Italy for 12 years). I also fear the reduction in environmental and agricultural standards once we are desperate for deals with the US.”
🗨️ Margaret (in Manchester)
“We have been able to travel without restriction for the last 40 years, which has benefited my husband’s and my own health. Studying in other EU member states has opened horizons on new cultures and new languages, for us including German, French and Spanish to date and this increases job opportunities both home and abroad. My local and wider British community benefits from Britain being a member of the EU with trade, EU funds for local hospitals, local projects funded by the EU. The advantage of being in the EU to create jobs in my town and city and the rest of the country, to help with the NHS locally and nationally. My family have been encouraged and influenced by our experiences and regularly travel to Europe. I worry that now they will not have the choice of future employment within the EU, should they so wish when looking for careers with the restricted access that leaving the EU will carry. I worry that the British economy will be adversely affected by the withdrawal from the EU. We already see some evidence of a negative impact with EU workers leaving - on the NHS and also the affect of moving goods and services will have. My husband is a retired Doctor and we know that the agency who look after the movement and availability of drugs in the UK prepared to move out of the country a couple of years ago on the back of the initial referendum and have already relocated. Other goods and services will be affected and the knock on is likely to send us into a downturn - again!”
🗨️ Dee (in Manchester):
“My 21-year old and my 18-year old feel their future prospects will be much worse outside the EU. We will all be poorer and more isolated.”
🗨️ John (in Altrincham, Greater Manchester):
“My son received four years of study at the Humboldt University in Berlin, on the same basis as German students - because he is an EU citizen. He is now a fully qualified teacher at a Gymnasium in Berlin. It is worrying that withdrawal of his EU citizenship may affect his job security.”
🗨️ Paul (in Stockport, Greater Manchester):
“I love Europe. Europe is peace. Our predecessors won peace for Europe!!! We can study, work and live in Europe. Europeans work in the UK. Europe funds regeneration in poor areas in UK. EUROPE helps our farmers. Without Europe, the UK will be isolated and antagonistic... Help!”
🗨️ Alan (in El Hiero, Canary Islands):
“On 24 June 2016, I applied for citizenship of Ireland. On 29 March 2017, with my new Irish passport, I took up residence there and have since voted in two referendums (abortion & blasphemy). Retention of my European citizenship is a high priority - especially as I spend several months a year here on El Hierro, an island in the jurisdiction of Spain. My hope is that the UK application to leave EU will be withdrawn so that the UK can avoid the worst of the damage involved with leaving - although a lot of actions taken as contingency measures have already had harmful consequences (eg EMA relocation to the Netherlands...). Whilst I have been able to undertake some personal contingency planning, the tragedy of the losses already suffered diminishes us all. Sadly, our personal apologies to our European friends are unable to make adequate amends and we can but hope for an effective Truth and Reconconciliation process to be implemented through the 2020s.”
🗨️ Michelle (in Aix-En-Provence, France):
“We were unable to vote in the referendum as we have been in France since 1990. We have three daughters all born here. We have had to bring one of our daughters back to France to make sure she was legally resident on Brexit day. We have now all got French nationality, except her, and we didn’t want her to be separated from us as she’s only 19 and France is her home where her friends and family are. She was born in France but studied in the UK before 18 so was refused nationality. We hope she can soon apply via naturalisation. It’s been an extremely stressful time.”
🗨️ HV (in Chester):
“Worrying , infuriating and distressing. Good colleagues have returned to the EU, or are planning to do so. Distracting the country from real issues, such as inequality and climate change.”
🗨️ Shelagh (in France):
“A sense almost of bereavement since the referendum. 2 and 1/2 years of uncertainty about our future, resulting in a constant background feeling of fear. Inability to plan trips to the UK to see family around BREXIT day.”
🗨️ Carol (in Harpenden, Hertfordshire):
“Since the Referendum result, I have been campaigning outside Parliament, with Steve Bray and Sodem. I have met and listened to so many people from all over the world. They have all expressed their bewilderment at the madness of what the UK is trying to do. It is shameful to have to agree over and over again about this. Anyone who thinks for a single second that we can become a ‘great trading nation’ needs to stand on the pavement by College Green and listen.”
🗨️ Gill (in Manchester):
“Absolutely nothing gives us the deal we already have. I am devastated that Labour have refused to defend us from this tragedy of epic proportions. I do not want to live in little Britain.”
🗨️ John (in Hong Kong, China):
“Freedom of movement through Europe has greatly enhanced my life for many reasons.”
🗨️ Deborah (in Austria):
“Since the Brexit vote, I have lived in limbo, not knowing how leaving will affect our lives. This seems to change on a daily basis. I took advantage of Freedom of Movement over thirteen years ago, relocating with my family to Austria. We are European.”
🗨️ Roger (in Swindon, Wiltshire):
“In my 70s, an exit from the EU should not affect me nearly as much as younger people. However, throughout the last decade or so of my life, I will feel shame and embarrassment that my country has withdrawn from the great European project, and I will also be highly resentful that small-minded Brits have ripped my precious European Citizenship from me.”
“Any form of Brexit will further damage the economy and endanger European solidarity in the face of aggressive trading blocks elsewhere. It will damage my family’s (and everyone else’s) financial affairs and limit our childrens opportunities. There is no upside.”
“Friends have left the country, my work involve sending truck loads of equipment and bus loads of crew all around the world this already causes an even greater administration burden.”
“I work in the French Alps in the ski chalet holiday industry. I am able to do so because I enjoy the right to live and work in another EU country. Should we leave the EU, my future here is uncertain.”
“I was living in France. I have now had to sell up and move elsewhere due to the poison that is coming out of the UK.”
“I have seen my business turnover collapse - now making ends meet on a salary (much lower than previous income)... but worse, Brexit is an assault on my European identity, on our fellow citizens’ rights and on the kind of country (liberal, enlightened) we should aspire to be.”
“Retired now but worked most of my life abroad and still travel extensively and want freedom to travel. Also impact on foreign students I have taught over the years and close friends from abroad in the community here.”
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(This is an original piece, first published by the author in PoliticsMeansPolitics.com. | The author writes in a personal capacity.)