What makes me the most angry about the results are the numbers. The fact that the decision was basically made by people that are over 60 years old while the younger generations clearly wanted to stay, is something that doesn't sit well with me. I don't want to imply that those people know less than their grandchildren and I understand that different generations often feel different about certain issues that affect the whole society. But it is horrible that those people that have decided on the UK's uncertain future are those people that are most likely not around for very much longer.
I am not British, my nationality is German. However, my father is Italian. An Italian that came to Germany to work many years ago. An Italian that contributed to Germany's strong industrial power. For someone like me, it is hard to understand how a whole country does not welcome people like my father. Of course, I know that this does not apply for everyone in the UK, but after all, the majority obviously feels that way. I am proud to be a mix of two different countries, of two different nationalities, of two different cultures. I am proud to be German, and I am proud to be Italian. I am proud to be European.
The results of the UK referendum were a shock on Friday. Since then, I kind of got used to it a bit more. I've read articles about the outcome and I am glad to see that most younger people did not want to leave. These people are our future. Not the old ones that voted leave. Of course, there are leave supporters amongst the younger generations as well, but it is nice to see that they are a minority there. However, I also read from Brexit supporters who now regret their decision because they have belived the lies of Nigel Farage. How should I feel about this? Weren't they able to inform themselves properly before ticking the box at "leave"? It is scary how such an important decision was also made by people who apparently have no clue at all about politics.
I don't know what will happen now. I only know that I want the EU to be strict and don't give the UK an easy way out. From what I heard Juncker and other EU officials say, it does sound like they will be like that. I don't want the EU to fall apart. I know that it is not perfect, by no means. But if something is not perfect and the way you want it to be, do you just leave? When I was speaking to a friend on Friday, I compared the EU to a family. What if my family would, for example, cook a certain family meal in a way that I wouldn't like. Why wouldn't I try to change it? Why wouldn't I try to find a better solution, a solution with which everyone is happy? Leaving is the easy way out. Leaving is for cowards.
Not only the future of the UK has become uncertain. Their decision does affect all of us. I am afraid that the populist right will gain even more power in the EU member states now. I am afraid that these separatist and populist ideas will spread like a disease. And I'm afraid of Donald Trump possibly becoming the next President of the United States. Where does all this lead to? How can anyone think that this would be a better future for us? I still believe that we are stronger together. A divided Europe does not benefit anyone.
If you are British, European or none of them at all, how do you feel about Brexit?