And so, the day after the EU Referendum, a small majority of my countrymen and women have voted to leave the European Union (EU). Today is my “D” Day: D for “Disaster”. I always knew that this outcome was a distinct possibility, which is why I have spent time in the last couple of months writing a series of blog posts on difference aspects of the Brexit debate.
My effort has come to nought, hence my personal Disaster Day.
As I stare at the rubble of defeat, I am reminded of a few lines from “If”, by far the most popular poem in Britain, written by an Englishman, Rudyard Kipling. The lines are:
“If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster;
And treat those two imposters just the same…
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!”
So I shall try to treat this disaster in the same way as I would have treated triumph, had the referendum decision been to Remain in the EU.
It has been hard fought and divisive referendum.
But more than 50% of British adults with a vote (I could not vote because of a rule that forbids this after a certain period of time living away from Britain) have made their view clear and it is pretty consistent across almost every region of the UK, except for London, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
It was always going to be a close run race.
I offer congratulations to the winners and commiseration to the losers. The world will not end, nor will it change radically for the better as a result of Brexit.
There may be stormy weather ahead but Britain is strong enough, sufficiently wealthy and well-educated enough to not only withstand the turbulence but hopefully to thrive.
I wish Britain and my fellow Britons a prosperous future, despite what I consider to be the wrong referendum decision.
© Ricardo Pinto, 2016, AngloDeutsch™ Blog, www.AngloDeutsch.EU