Let’s Talk Politics: The EU Referendum

EU referendum politics discussion

This week has been one of anger, bitterness, and a country divided on an issue that will affect us well into the future.

I’m not one to shy away from declaring my political opinion. I support the Green Party and felt strongly about voting Remain in this referendum. I’m yet to discuss politics on my blog, because the time has never felt right.

But this week I feel strongly.

I’m not an expert. I can’t rattle off a list of all the politicians, what they voted and supported and stood for on which exact issues.

But that’s the point isn’t it. I’m just a normal girl who, this week, feels wrongly represented.

There always has to be a loser. There does. But I feel there’s been injustice.

Everyone is entitled to their vote. To look at the options and decide what is right for them, what they think is best for our country.

Of course they are.

But I can’t help feel the Brexit campaign was full of scaremongering. The word ‘patriotic’ thrown around a lot.

And I think a lot of people, vulnerable in our society, got on board with the idea of ‘taking back’ our country. Having control. Being ‘great’ again.

But is wanting to be in  Europe, and backing the remain campaign, a vote against the UK? Against patriotism?Against pride in our country?

I believe being ‘great’ is being United. Being together in the face of modern issues. Sharing intelligence, culture, research, experiences, life.

I want to live in a country that is accepting of other people. One that unites in the name of peace, not one that shies away and shuts the door with an ‘us v them’ mentality.

I want to live in a society where our politicians have someone they’re accountable to. Not where a Tory government, that has already made cuts that hit the poorest in our society hardest, can do what they wish. I want EU laws like workers rights, animal rights, gay marriage.

I can’t help but be disappointed. I’m disappointed that some people couldn’t see past the money we spend on being a member, or the immigrants we’re ‘forced’ to accept into our country. I’m disappointed the Remain campaign didn’t shout louder than the likes of Farage.

One good thing to come out of all this? I’m proud. I’m proud of our generation. One that got so heavily involved, and researched both options as thoroughly as we could. We voiced our opinions online, intensely discussing the referendum. We were passionate.

And that I’m proud of.

If you’re left disappointed, we can at least take solace in knowing our generation fights for what it believes in. We’re passionate, and we can use that passion to ensure our country stays great. Not by being close minded, but by being accepting and united with those who will feel the effects of this decision most.