Life events, London

I am EU

24/06/2016
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Today when I woke up, the first thing I did was to check BBC website. The breaking news was short: UK votes to leave EU.

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The first feeling was emptiness.

I put some clothes on and went to work. While I was walking alone on the street the constant thought was: ‘Something has changed.’

When I got into the tube I saw the difference. For the first time in almost six years that I live in London, people are not playing whith their phones. They stared at each other, looking into their eyes, as if they are asking the English: ‘Did you vote in the referendum for me to stay or leave? Among Europeans, the exchange of glances, were more like: “So, what next? What are we going to do?”

I arrived at St James Park and went to Pret a Manger to buy my breakfast. Over there I would say that 90% of the employees are immigrants. I got a sandwich and went to the till. The team member said good morning and asked me “How are you today?”

“Well not good. I’ll have to leave.”

The other employees who were making coffees or baking croissants stared at me. The cashier sighed and said, “Me too.”

I paid my sandwich and said goodbye. He wished me good day and I wished back:

“A good future for all of us.”

To express my feeling right now would take me pages to write, but to summarize, somehow…

I don’t agree with United Kingdom leaving European Union. This is not because I live in England, but the way the relationships in general are going to. It’s a gradual ‘keep away’ between humans. To me leaving the EU is a cultural, social and development regression. It devalues diversity.

According to statistics shown on BBC website, most young people voted to remain.

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Some who work with me, told me that their parents voted to leave.

“The elders chose the future that you don’t want. It doesn’t make any sense,” I said and also, I didn’t understand the sons of immigrants who voted to leave.

Then we had Prime Minister David Cameron annoucing his resignation after vote for Brexit.

“Now it over” my brother who lives in London said.

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My favourite quote in Cameron’s speech was:

“I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.”

Neither he believes.

“What am I going to do with my life?” I dramatized. One of the guys who works with me straightened his shirt and said:

“Well, if you want I’ll marry you.”

All other English clapped and laughed. Myself, the independent woman, now observes a new scenario in England. Another English friend offered to marry me.

These kind of gesture prove that there is kidness from many English. They don’t want their European friends to leave.

I don’t want either but maybe it is our time to get off the boat and let it go. I know for sure that a nation’s decision doesn’t control our destiny.

#IamEU #OneLove

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