First, a little bit about me. I was born and raised in the UK. I am a British citizen. At 18, I was talked into doing a Customer Service NVQ. I spent a year, earning £35 a week, doing the work everybody did for far more.
But it got me nowhere.
Then I spent a year at college doing a Business Administration NVQ Level 2. Worked very hard, and got the NVQ. But it got me nowhere.
I left home at 19 and moved to Cambridge. Since then, I have had permanent jobs, until redundancy or bullying forced me to leave my minimum wage permanent jobs. Then the 2008 Banking Crisis happened. And I ended up temping. Some I enjoyed more than others, but all of them were minimum wage and I bounced from the Job Centre to the temping job to the Job Centre.
Meanwhile, my rent was going up as were my bills. The icing on the cake, was my previous landlord who, after 10 years of being an excellent tenant, kicked me out because he wanted to redecorate – code for he wanted to put the rent up to over £1,000 a month plus bills, which is what the current tenants are paying.
I recognised that the poor standard of employment and wages, and lack of rental security was nothing to do with the EU. It had to do with the Conservatives.
I recognised that the increased cost of living was nothing to do with the EU, it had to do with the Conservatives.
And the Ministry of Magic, that now constitutes our Government, did not provide one iota of a plan in the event of Brexit. I also researched their campaign claims at the time and realised none of it had a single atom of truth.
I voted to remain in the European Union.
See, I have spent six months getting a Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL). I have sweated blood over essays and assignments, and am going to Spain in May to complete the Teaching element of the course.
Unfortunately, 17 million people have decided that I am not allowed to have my EU status anymore. It is in defiance of this forced removal of my rights, that I am Brexit-proofing myself with the Italian Passport that I can get Jure Sanguinis through my Mother who is Italian. For me, this is a big FUCK YOU to the minority who thought British people can’t continue to live and work abroad after Brexit.
The bizarre idea that 17 million is a majority in a country of 63 million people seems to have taken hold. Even more bizarre, is the idea that a difference of one million people between leave and remain constitutes a clear mandate for the utter destruction of not only the economy, but the very fabric of society.
Hate crime and verbal abuse of anyone foreign is the order of the day. The fact that leavers allied themselves with extreme right wing groups like the EDL and the BNP doesn’t seem to bother leavers.
Leavers do NOT share the values that I grew up with. They do NOT understand either how their own government works, nor do they understand that it is the people that hold the sovereignty. That’s why we have General elections. If they can’t understand their own country, they have even less chance of understanding how the EU works or why it works the way it does. Certainly, they clearly didn’t have enough brains to google the Leave EU claims.
I do NOT want to live in a country where people turn a blind eye to fascism, racism and xenophobia. I DON’T want to live in a country where poor pay and job insecurity is regarded as OK by our government, and I DON’T want to live in a country, where an unelected far right coup is given carte blanche by the opposition, who agree wholeheartedly with the 17 million minority.
So I am taking my TEFL and emigrating to Spain, to work teaching English. Better pay, better conditions, better job security, and a welcoming approach to immigrants.
I won’t be coming back to stay, because we know how bored the leavers are with experts. Nevertheless, I will visit my family in the UK from time to time, and it will be interesting to see how the wonderful Brexit utopia is panning out for British people.