I know that this subject has been argued over continuously for the past few days, and you might think there’s really not that much more to say, however you could be wrong.
For those of you who haven’t visited this site before, my name is Max and I’m an Anglo-Romanian who lives in Bucharest. My dad is a brit who moved here in the 90’s. At time of writing I am nearly fourteen.
All of you should know by now that last week the UK voted to leave the European Union. In my opinion, that has just doomed the nation, the EU itself, and quite possibly the global economy. You’ve already heard all of the leave and remain arguments, so I won’t bother writing them here, however I will say what I think of a few of them and what my opinion is on this mess.
Being a child raised in a conjuncture of Romanian and British culture, I reckon that I get the “full picture” of both leave and remain arguments. I, as a teenage boy, think that the UK must remain and I’m not the only one; hundreds of thousands of teenagers and possibly even children think so. And that’s because it’s us, the annoying bunch of hunchback chavs and emos that one day will have to lead the world through whatever will come next. We, as children have seen what the EU is good for and how it will help us as adults. In the EU, you can live, work, travel and love in 27 other countries, 14% of the world’s total, with all of that paperwork and hours spent in embassies and government buildings eliminated. The ideals of the EU are wonderful and unprecedented in the world; a whole continent, full of diverse cultures and histories united as one global superpower.
Of course, the leave supporters insist the EU is broken and dying, and it may be so. But here’s my question, can’t we work together to try and eliminate the problems with the EU so that we won’t have this argument again? Referring to my statement above, the EU is not perfect, it most certainly isn’t, but there are 28 countries full of educated minds that can make it be. That’s the problem with leave supporters in my opinion; they’re simply not giving the EU a chance.
With the departure of the UK, my own life goals have practically gone out the window. I am admittedly very lucky to even be in such a situation (dual nationality), and I planned to use this to my advantage; I’d have done university for free in Scotland as a Romanian/EU citizen, then perhaps live there or in England for a few years, work for the British Antarctic Survey etc. I can’t do that now.
In all fairness, I’ve even experienced the benefits of the EU as a student in the Erasmus+ programme. I and three of my friends firstly hosted Scottish kids after which we ourselves were hosted by them. We were joined by children of four other nationalities, in which expeditions were also performed.
There’s no need for visas, you show up at the airport with a passport and go (in the Schengen area, not even that). In theory, I could’ve even stayed in Scotland and started studying there, I wouldn’t need any studying visas/permits, no permanent residence visas either. My parents would’ve needed to have signed a few documents and of course, I’m over-simplifying, but the point still stands.
In Scotland I met new people and made friends which I am willing to visit as often as possible, and the possibility of that happening has gone down the rabbit hole because my future has been decided by people who in ten years will be dead and won’t have to face any consequences.
The good news is that Scotland may get another independence referendum and Northern Ireland may get its first, because most of the people in those areas were sane and preferred staying in. There are even some who think London should become a city-state like Singapore, even Sadiq Khan has said the idea interests him, and he has indeed demanded greater autonomy for London.
And let’s not even talk about what might happen in Gibraltar.
I’ll probably be happy if this happens because it’ll feel as if some justice has been done towards the people of Britain, but at the same time it’ll mean there won’t be a Britain. I’d be happy for the people of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but what about all the English and Welsh who wanted to remain? I, myself would be the most confused because I would feel robbed of my home country, one which I wasn’t even given a chance to explore and fully understand. Is that really what is required to stay in the EU? Is it even worth it? Many moral dilemmas ensue, the point is how far are people willing to go?
I’m not even sure which attitude to take; the rebel who was robbed of his vote or the hopeful who thinks it might work out. Because, let’s remember, Article 50 has not been triggered yet. Who knows, maybe it might never happen.
While we wait for the day of tomorrow and whatever the future might bring, let’s just sit back and laugh at the irony of it all. In the worst case scenario, we’ll all move to Canada.