Today I am heartbroken. Truly. There are no words adequate to express fully the feelings I have about what my country has just done to itself.
Here are the figures:
37.5% voted Leave, 34.7% voted Remain. 27.8% did not vote.
I sat up until three o’clock this morning, feeling any optimism I had dwindle away to nothing. I was woken at six this morning by multiple messages from friends who really only had one thing to say, which was ‘fuck’.
I am sad for everything we have lost, and I believe we have lost a lot.
Today feels like the beginning of the end of the world.
I really am waiting for someone to tell me that my pessimism is unfounded, someone who can say it with some certainty, someone who isn’t just saying it to make me, or them feel better.
Because I can’t see us coming back from this. Really I can’t.
I am so very, very sorry.
Today sterling has plunged to a low not seen for over thirty years.
Today we have lost £120 billion pounds on the stock market.
Today the government has had to pledge £250 billion to prop up the banks who are tanking.
The two sectors hardest hit by the economic downturn are housing, so if you were hoping for social housing, forget it, and banking.
Your pound, at the moment, is worth about 80p.
Today Nigel Farage went on breakfast television, and announced that the £350 million pound a week claim was indeed a lie.
Nigel also said he could not spend the money he promised on the NHS.
He also said that he could not shut down borders.
But he did say that he would be working hard to relax gun laws, so that’s good.
We have already slipped down the economic rankings from the fifth largest trading power to the sixth, in one day, with a thirty percent drop in our figures meaning France overtakes us.
£100 billion has been wiped off of pension and ISA funds.
We are having our financial ratings stars, showing we are a stable, trading nation, taken away from us.
David Cameron has resigned, leaving us with a reasonable chance of a far right inclined Tory party leader running the UK should the Tory party manage to hold it together long enough to survive as our elected leaders.
Michael Gove, who told us that this country was bored of listening to expert opinions, has gone on record today to say that he and Boris will attempt to rebuild Britain with the help of the best experts he can find.
Leading Labour MPs have put a vote of no confidence in with regard to Jeremy Corbyn just to help things along.
Nicola Sturgeon has said that the Scots will be having another referendum because the Scots want to stay in the EU.
Sinn Fein are calling for a referendum to split Northern Ireland from the UK.
Spain are in talks already to get Gibraltar back.
And Boris and Gove are both back peddling on the need to invoke Article Fifty, supposedly the whole point of this, because without it we cannot split from Europe. It seems that they didn’t really want to leave Europe. They were just hoping to use this referendum to gain power in the Tory party.
In the meantime, the heads of the EU are demanding the the UK leave as quickly as possible.
And nobody has come up with a plan to navigate us out of this mess.
So if you voted out to save the NHS it’s not happening. If you voted out to stop immigration, it’s not happening. If you voted out to save the economy, well, let me know when we’re in the clear. Key leave players are already talking about going into the single market to save us, and they demand open borders and freedom of travel as a pre-requisite of joining. It costs the same as our EU entry and we have no veto. So what we are going towards is actually much worse than what we have left behind.
In local news, Cornwall, who voted in significant numbers to leave the EU despite being in receipt of millions of pounds of EU subsidies every year have been on national television this lunch time, because they want the government to guarantee their subsidies now.
And people being interviewed on the streets who voted leave are saying they’re terrified because they didn’t think we’d actually leave if they all voted leave.
Several people have posted on Facebook saying that those of us who voted remain have to accept that this referendum was a democratic process and that it’s time to stop getting upset. Instead we need to pull together and work for the common good. Just like we did in the general election.
I agree that this is democracy in action.
But I deplore the misinformation, lies and inflammatory hate speech that tipped the way some people chose to vote. I feel that we have been playing at democracy with a rigged deck given to us by politicians who don’t give a shit about us as people, and that makes my heart sore.
And I ask you. How are we going pull together for the common good now? We are a divided nation and we have had our say. This is the result.
Unless there is another election, or referendum, or you choose to go grass roots campaigning, or protest marching, that’s it. You’ve done it. You have no more say over what happens next than anyone else.
Now, like everyone else you get to sit back and watch big businesses and politicians work over the consequences of your decision. We have one, dwindling country left. They’re already beginning to rip it apart.
How do we pull that together?