Brexit – The expectations versus the reality

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The people of Britain surprised themselves and voted for Brexit over the summer 2016, and with this decision supposedly transforming the nation and our position within Europe, what will happen next?

Nothing, that’s what. Well, at least for the next two years anyway.

The people of the UK that voted leave expected an almost instant change. However, the publication Farrer said: “If the UK votes to leave the EU, there will be no change overnight.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly what happened.

The many promises made by the Leave campaign are about ridiculous as Trump being elected as the 45th president of the United States. From promises of having over two hundred thousand pounds to put into the NHS, to Britain supposedly having a better economy, Brexit by far has proved to have been the most disastrous decision made by the citizens of Britain.

Though let’s all think about this realistically…what were we expecting? For the pound to rise, immigration to quote unquote ‘stop’, and of course see the UK grow as a global hegemon.

Nigel Farage, the former leader of UKIP said: “We want to be an independent, self-governing, normal nation. That is what must happen.”

Well…surprise, folks! That did not happen – for goodness sake Nigel Farage was for this decision. What we expected is far from what we achieved, and what we the nation did see however, shook us to the very core.

Not only did the UK’s currency reach one of its lowest points, but Britain became a country full of division within society. A decision that was supposed to make Britain stronger, has instead given racist bigots the platform to racially abuse many.

Since Brexit, there have been numerous reported cases where people who have migrated from other European countries now find themselves at the end of some extremely racist remarks.

The Independent conducted an interview with a woman of polish descent on the racism she has faced after Brexit, only to be interrupted by racial slurs and abuse by onlookers. This only further backs the fact that Brexit is being used as a platform for racists.

Leaving the EU was intended to help Britain grow economically and become a rising power. It has done the exact opposite. The reality of the situation is that David Cameron resigned, Theresa May took his place and there appears to be a complete divide between people.

With debates of Brexit happening in parliament, let’s hope that Britain will recover and pave a path that is set on moral conduct, economic growth and a stronger government.

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