This is a very emotive subject!
Remainers and leavers all had different reasons for voting the way they did. Many people voting for Brexit felt like you evansmr1. They saw the EU as a corrupt and expensive ‘monster’ which the U.K. could do without. Others voted as chrissyg said because of the immigranation issue. Whatever people voted for, there was no doubt that Boris Johnson and his fellow Brexiteers deliberately used false information, (the notorious ‘bus’ for example), to sway people to vote for leave. You obviously voted for what you thought was best for the country. Many others voted because they were afraid immigrants were taking their jobs, filling the school places for their children, and overburdening doctors surgery’s and the NHS in general.
Many remainers voted to stay because they felt.... ‘better the devil we know.’ They accepted that nothing is perfect, and if you are a member of a ‘club’ there are rules/fees etc to abide by. There was scaremongering here as well, but that is politics for you!
I will admit I voted to remain, and I for one am fed up with hearing Teresa May’s mantra about “Doing what the U.K. public want.” She is certainly not doing what over 48% of the people who voted in the referendum wanted, so I strongly object when I see her daily on the tv stating this.
That is besides the ponint! The actual point is, will the U.K. be better off as part of the EU, or outside it? The truth is nobody knows. However......at the moment the signs are not good for leaving in the short term. Even some of the biggest unions are now asking for a second vote. Somebody on here mentioned Sunderland earlier. I saw people being interviewed there last week. They had voted for Brexit, but now job losses look possible in the area they have changed their minds.
As Warwick said earlier. There hasn’t been a huge shift in opinion over the last 18 months, but it is just starting to surface now. Unilever, Diageo, EasyJet, and many of the Banks amongst others, are now considering moving their operations to Mainland Europe. Jaguar Land Rover are going to a three day week, and although they say it is nothing to do with Brexit, it means uncertainty about the future for their employees.
What REALLY matters to the ‘man on the street’ is having a job to earn a living to pay the rent/mortgage, put food on the table, and to look after the family. You are fortunate evansmr1, as whatever happens with Brexit is unlikely to affect you, from what you have said. I just wish that people would realise that we are ‘jumping in to the great unknown here’ and many people have a lot to lose if it goes wrong. Sadly, they are also the people who have the least to lose!
We must be as certain as possible that we are all clear about what leaving the EU will mean for the U.K. I still believe that many (not all) people voted for the reasons I gave above...... which are unlikely to be achieved. (More money for the NHS, less immigrants etc). I can understand the call for a second vote now the ‘picture’ is becoming clearer of what the future holds. There might be no change in the voting figures, but at least then we would be going in to Brexit knowing that!
The bottom line is that almost everyone makes decions in life depending on how they are going to be personally affected.....not necessarily for the good of the country evansmrI ....like yourself. I think a clear indication of this is how almost all politicians are handling Brexit. As for the ‘man on the street’ who just wants to walk away now......do people have no idea at all about legislation? It just goes to show how uninformed many people are.
Finally, as for the younger generation, my offspring are both in their 40’s and I also have a young grandchild. I fear for their future, but more to the point, they fear for their own futures outside of the EU. They both have good jobs, as do their friends, but they, and every single one of their friends voted to remain! They can see the faults with the EU, but they still don’t want to eat chlorinated chicken from the States, or prawns pumped full of antibiotics from Japan to say the least, let alone enter a global economy without the security of being in the EU, where people like Donald Trump are dictating trade etc! Do we really want a ‘special relationship’ which such a person? His only agenda is to promote himself with his voting public, and he would cut us off as a trading partner tomorrow if it affected his voting numbers!
To bring this subject back to Living in Crete, the possible financial impact of Brexit in the U.K. will affect everyone living on this beautiful island. Some will be able to ‘weather the storm’ without too much of a problem. Others will find their lack of income from a U.K. pension, and the possible cost of healthcare will be too much for them.
Don’t underestimate what a ‘rocky ride’ ahead there is going to be for all of us. We don’t know what is going to happen with Brexit, but at least we all know where we stand whilst we are in the EU. It might not be a good enough reason to remain for some......but it is a jolly good reasons remain for many others!