It’s so difficult to write about anything when your mind is so full with one certain thing. Maybe I’m a fashion blogger but I pay attention for other things as well. Like this Brexit debate for example. Maybe I’m not Briton but I’m European who lives in the UK, and well, it affects me. My life, our life, our future.
I was thinking a lot whether I should/can/may write about it, but I just cannot leave it without a word. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t convince anybody about what she/he should do, as I believe that everybody has her/his right to have an opinion and every vote should be respected. Probably you have your own reasons like I have mines.
I just want to share my own, personal respective, after all, I’m one of the reasons. Well, somebody says we’re European immigrants are one of the reasons. And maybe reasons don’t have thoughts but as a human, a European person and an inhabitant I have them.
1, The necessary and unnecessary changes…
I wrote about changes yesterday and not without a reason. Some of the changes are good, some of them bad, some of them are necessary and just different. I totally get that some people see the only hope in change whatever that change would be. Because maybe it’ll be better maybe it won’t, probably it won’t be good in the beginning at all, and after that, who knows. The question is, is it worth the risk to have something totally uncertain to effect the world, the economy, the future? Is it so bad?
2, EU citizen living in the UK
Yes, I’m an Eastern European immigrant, my husband is one too. Although, we prefer EU citizens, we left our country to live here, so we’re immigrants too. But these are just words, the important thing is whatever we call ourselves, we live here, we pay the taxes here, we spent our money here, we have our savings here. And we both believe that we add something plus to the country. We’re aware that we’re not natives, but we respect the very similar laws and culture. This is how it’s working.
3, Taking jobs away…
Most of the immigrants work in retail or restaurants or hotels or in hospitals or in IT. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think these sectors are lacking of human resources, so we don’t take away anybody’s job. Actually most of the qualified Eastern Europeans are working in something ‘worse’ because they don’t have native or really good English (after all, we’re not natives) and have less chance to have a good job. In the beginning at least. But if somebody is good at what he/she is doing, I think they deserve getting promoted, don’t they?
4, Being aware of Populism
As a Hungarian, I know when I see populism. And what most of the politician is doing here, that’s pure populism in order to manipulate people. They generate irrational fear, lash up feelings and tell people half truths or pure lies. And this is very dangerous because these people want nothing else but gaining power. Actually were experiencing the same in Hungary (it’s happening in the US too) and this is one of the reasons we left. 🙁
5, Controlled by feelings
I read a lot of comments about this topic. And I think I can say, that most of the people who voted Brexit, would do this way because of her/his feelings. Usually these people are afraid, angry and desperate. Because of the immigrants take away the jobs (no, they don’t), because they lost control (do you think you would get back control if you stood alone in the world?), because Britain is not Great anymore (yes, it is, actually it never was not Great, we’re here because it’s Great :)). But it shouldn’t be like this. Everybody should calm down and see the situation what it really is. My only advise is in this case is, get more info, read everything and try to leave those negative feelings.
6, Unity is strength.
I read a lot about what’s going on in the world and we have desperate times again. We have wars, conflicts, economy crisis, diseases, pollution, global warming. It’s not difficult to start panicking when you see it from everywhere and when some of the politicians are working hard on making it even worse (see paragraph 4,). But panicking is never the solution. We shouldn’t cry about what happened in the past but have to concentrate how can we change and build a better world for ourselves and our children. And this won’t work if we start demolishing everything around us. Yes, EU is far-far-far from perfect, but then again what is perfection? And how can you take back control if you’re out?
Again, this is my personal point of view. Of course, I couldn’t be not European, but I tried to write my thought without feelings, based everything on what I saw and experienced. I couldn’t accentuate enough that my intention is NOT to make anybody (even more) angry or start conflicts here on the blog. My intention was to clear some things out and ask some questions, because everything starts with a good question. But my main reason was to write this out of my head. Because something is better to be out. 🙂
If you want to read somebody’s else word in the topic, I would recommend this very well written post.
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