There will certainly be no "Welcome back". Even if UK found that the drawbacks were bigger than the advantages, the British will not come knocking on EU:s door with the tail behind the legs and ask to be let in again. Maybe in 20 years, if EU still exists. Or if Europe still exists.
What will happen to the EU-citiizens living in UK and the British citizens living in EU?
Ann Linde, the Swedish minister for EU affairs and trade, said she was shocked by the uncertainty and xenophobia experienced by Swedes in the UK since the referendum.
She said the future of an estimated 100,000 Swedish people in Britain and 30,000 British people in Sweden, had to be urgently dealt with. She said: “This is one of the very most important issues and we have to solve it in a very constructive way in the first part of the negotiations.” --- Swedish citizens at the Scandinavian Kitchen cafe in central London told her of the anxieties about their future and xenophobic abuse they had experienced since the referendum.
One woman working in the City told how her chief executive had to send an email to all employees to tell them xenophobic behaviour was not acceptable after she was told by a colleague that the country had voted to get people like her to “get out”. Another told her how she felt that she and other Swedes would end up being “collateral damage” in negotiations.
We are famous for "Stockholm syndrome": "Q: Hey, what's up with Matt? His Dad is on social security, his mom got laid off, his sister's kids get free school lunches, he collects federal financial aid for college, and he only makes minimum wage working at Walmarts. Yet he keeps talking about how we need to cut taxes for the wealthy and quit spending so much on social programs. A: Yeah, he thinks he's going to be a millionaire soon. He's got Economic Stockholm Syndrome." (Urban Dictionary)
I feel dreadful when I hear of xenophobic attacks. I really Swedes and other foreigners to know that most Brits are not like that. I hope we're not like that, anyway.
Most are probably not like that but there's a big enough number who are still living with an empirical and WWII mindset; sadly, they tend to make most noise. I've unfortunately had to live and work beside them. Even found them in my own family
I have a couple of family members who voted Brexit. I've deliberately not got into it with them because I know I'll just get cross but I'll bet that if asked they'd start whining about 'immigration.' I don't think that these people realise just how low the level of immigrants being accepted by this country is compared with some other (often much smaller) European countries.
A lot of the Brexit result was based on completely misguided jingoism and xenophobia from people who did not have the faintest clue what they were voting for. But hey ... bendy bananas, right?!
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