It’s been a few days since the results of the EU Referendum came in, and I still have very few words, but plenty of feelings. I’m sad, and I’m angry.
I’m sad and angry about the disgusting racism already being experienced by people of colour and EU nationals in Britain. Sarah Childs has collected some awful examples here. (Edit: here are some more examples.)
I’m sad and angry at the danger to disability rights, to workers’ rights, to women’s rights, to LGBT rights, to the NHS, to the environment, that is now faced. So many of these rights, so many of these places and institutions, were protected by EU law. I don’t trust Boris, Farage and their cronies to protect them in the same way. Look at how many promises they’ve already backtracked on.
I’m sad and angry for myself, and for the higher education learning that I love and feel should be open to everyone who is passionate enough about a subject to devote years of their life to it. So many of our universities depend on EU grants, particularly for research, particularly following the cuts made by this government in the name of austerity. Underfunded research can never be ‘the best’, it can only be ‘the best we could do under the circumstances’. We’ve severely hampered our ability to contribute to the world’s knowledge and understanding.
I’m sad and angry that my country chose isolationism over unity and decided to risk its own future because of misdirected and misinformed dislike of immigrants.
I hope with all my heart that the we remain in the EU despite the results of this referendum, but in the event that we don’t, I’m going to fight my hardest to help the people and places who are now at risk.
There are many people who’ve said things better than I ever could. Here are some words from them: