Out should be out – but isn’t

The UK got what it wanted: a majority for a Brexit. The first reactions from the EU seemed to finally point at some backbone and grit. While in Britain the viewpoint was “We dictate our exit under conditions which suit us and take as long as we want”, on the other side of the Channel leaders and politicians claimed “Out is out! And the faster the better.”

This firm tone lasted till Monday. Directly after the Brexit became world news, markets reacted negatively the world over. The UK Pound dropped to a record low not seen in the past 30 years. Unfortunately, this slide in value also negatively influenced the Euro.

During the weekend, the EU core countries met. They once stood at the cradle of the EEC. France, Germany, Italy and the three BeNeLux countries decided to have preliminary talks, before the EU summit which started in Brussels today.

The EU tone has turned back to the usual wishy-washy to simpering one. Undoubtedly, EU leaders are still fuming behind the polished diplomatic smiles. They are stuck with the fact they cannot trigger article 50.

After the result became known, over a million people suddenly regretted voting pro-Brexit. The petition to ensure there will be a referendum on the referendum acquired even more signatures over the weekend. But there is something funny going on with the number of signatures.

Of course, the odd thing about the UK Brexit Referendum was, that plenty UK expats were not allowed to vote. Unfathomable and rather undemocratic, for the Brexit has a major impact on their lives and future. A Brexit not just affects OAPs living in Spain or France, but especially expats working for the EU Parliament, the EU Commission, or at the various EU institutes spread all over Europe.

Quite a number of signatures on the list demanding a referendum on the Brexit referendum, make one thing clear. The Pope may not be in favour of birth control, there seem to be about 39,000 signatures from Vatican City on the petition list. A real miracle, for Vatican City is the smallest state in the world and has less than 850 citizen, a majority of whom must be British nationals.

One does not feel sorry for the twits who voted pro-Brexit and 24 hours later, suddenly started to think again. They had plenty time to use Google and search information on the EU, the amount of money the UK pays the EU and the roughly similar amount it receives from the EU. There was plenty time to read up on what leaving the EU might mean, like needing a visa to visit the 2nd home in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, or for a weekend break in say Berlin, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam.

As for the group aged between 20 – 40, most of whom voted in favour for a Bremain. They now complain about the OAPS aged between 65 to past 100 years old, who overwhelmingly voted in favour for a Brexit.

Nice blame-game, but do get real! Only roughly 30% of young voters voted. This means nearly 70% could not be bothered! As for the voters aged 60 and upwards: over 80% took the trouble to visit a polling booth. If one is lucky enough to live in a democracy, but can’t be bothered to visit a polling booth – what right does one have to moan about results being unfavourable? Grow up!

Some folks may be grown-up, but never wise up. Monday, one of UKIP’s horrors stated he was  elated with the Brexit results. His idea of the time-line for Britain’s Brexit is, to first enjoy a very long summer holiday, then take time to think about the conditions for a UK Brexit, then head for the negotiation tables and dictate these conditions and stipulations to the 27 EU leaders. For this allows the UK to squeezes as many profits out of the time it remains part of the EU.

That the rest of the world saw markets slide and was in turmoil, clearly did not bother him. It’s all about Britain. One can’t wait for UKIP to get out of the EU Parliament. In fact: their mission accomplished, what are they doing there now?

The EU leaders’ response to Britain? Certainly not one showing some grit and backbone. The EU’s Central Bank started propping up the British Pound, torpedoed by the Brits themselves. Some EU member states like Poland wonder aloud if the Brits cannot remain after all. For perhaps the Brits may change their minds – in five, or ten, or a hundred years. Whom is divorcing whom here?

The UK voted in favour of splitting up, even if their Brexit might cause irreparable damage to the remaining 27 EU states. So these 27 should focus on removing the UK from the EU asap – if only to control damage to themselves and their union.

The whole Brexit procedure should not focus on the Brits and their wilfully created problems. The focus should be on what is in the best interest of the remaining EU member states, their citizens, the rest of the world minus the UK. There should be a firm and clear “Out is Out” to stop the worldwide turmoil – instead of the EU’s present and only too common “dunno, maybe, perhaps, might, could be” followed by a leisurely British exit which might be allowed to take over two years.


About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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