On the EU. On Peace, Unity and Diversity. On How We’ve Risked it All.


In the midst of the Second World War, would my grandparents have ever imagined that their grandchildren would grow up to go on holiday in Germany? Yet here I am. In a Europe where doors are open and we’re free to move through them either way.

And then we, the UK, said we didn’t want that. We said it held us prisoner. We made a mockery of it with an abundance of ignorant sentences that started with, “All these immigrants…”

How can we teach our children the lessons of the past when we haven’t learned from them ourselves? As a nation we’ve turned our backs on what was painstakingly built following the deaths of millions of people in the name of unity, diversity and peace.

Italy is lovely.

Spain is so family friendly.

Greece? I love Greece.

Germany’s amazing.

I could live here.

I could live here.

I could live here.

Over and over again, I’ve said it. Taking the words for granted every time.

Is it too ridiculous to dream that one day my son will travel to Iraq? To Syria? To any country currently torn apart by division and destruction?

Because haven’t we seen that kind of devastation before? The kind that drives people away from bombed out homes; sends them to live in squalid camps? Didn’t we try our hardest to fix it? To stop it from happening again? Didn’t we come together and agree a path forward? And what did we call it in the end? Oh that’s right, we called it the European Union.

There’s a general feeling that some of the older generation sold out today’s childhood by casting a selfish leave vote they won’t live to see the full implication of. Now, they didn’t all do this. Some of them looked at their grandchildren and voted on their behalf, I know they did. But those that wanted to leave, regardless of age, failed to see that this isn’t about being angry now, it’s about stability and peace in the decades to come. And now we’ve risked everything.

I found myself feeling much more emotional following the Brexit referendum result than I anticipated. It is not my intention to offend anyone with this opinion piece, but I felt compelled to express my feelings and thoughts, which is why I wrote this post.

1 Comment

  • Clare – very well said. Short, sentimental and to the point. I can’t promise to know as muh as my UK counterparts, but having just returned from Northern Ireland where sentiments were running high, and having many friends in the UK, I have really been following this closely. I don’t think there is much more to say that you haven’t already said. Great reflection.

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