Friday 24rd June 2016 will be the day forever etched in history as the day the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union.
Over 46 and a half million of the United Kingdom electorate voted in this referendum on Thursday 23rd June 2016 according to BBC News as polling stations across the country were open from 7am to 10pm yesterday. This referendum was a very simple one, remain in the European Union or leave.
For me, the EU Referendum was one of the most important decisions that I’ll ever have to make in a long time as it would affect how the UK would be able to work with the EU and of course with other countries.
Leave win by the narrowest of margins
After a long, hard slog from both Remain and Leave campaigns over the last year, Leave won by a margin of 4% over Remain (52% Leave – 48% Remain).
It doesn’t sound like a comfortable victory for Leave on paper, which has been dominated by the UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, Labour MP for Edgbaston Gisela Stuart and former Mayor of London supporting the Leave campaign of the referendum.
Whilst on the other hand with the Remain campaign, the now former Prime Minister David Cameron, current Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown were a few of the politicians supporting to stay in the European Union.
It’s a huge kick in the teeth for remain supporters and campaigners but to be honest, the message they were delivering wasn’t strong enough to resonate with the electorate, hence why leave won by a narrow margin.
Misinformation, lies and deceit
“Take Back Control”, the slogan for Vote Leave. I must say that Leave delivered a campaign that focused on their main issues, immigration, the National Health Service and the economy.
£350m was the figure that Farage and Johnson used throughout the campaign to say ‘If we leave the EU, we can spend more on the NHS’. In actual truth on Good Morning Britain, the UKIP Leader said this on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today to Susanna Reid when mentioned about the NHS on the leave campaign.
“I would have never made that claim. It was one of the mistakes that the Leave campaign made.”
This baffled me more than anything else. If you’re going to say something based on what your campaign set out to do and say its a mistake, it shows a complete contempt for the electorate that voted for your campaign.
I’m not being biased in favour of remain as they have also misinformed the electorate too, but by lying and deceiving the electorate, it makes more people not bothered to vote, leaving them more apathetic of politics.
Birmingham – Leave win by the slimmest of margins
According to the Birmingham Mail, over 450,000 Brummies voted in this referendum, a city that has been transformed over the last 40 years by EU funding.
The turnout figure for the EU Referendum was 72.2% nationally with Birmingham voting to leave the EU. In terms of the margins, they could have not been any closer than the national turnout, 1% being the deciding factor between Remain, which was 49.5% compared to Leave at 50.5%.
To be honest, I expected it to be quite close in terms of the result in Birmingham, but not that close of a result that I was expecting. I was one of the first people at my polling station to vote and based on the information I read and the debates I watched and attended, my heart was always going to remain in the European Union.
However, it was a very different story for many other Brummies across the city, but its a democracy at the end of the day and we get to decide our future for ourselves albeit the decision might turn out good or bad, I don’t know.
Finally, my thoughts on the EU Referendum
Its been very hard writing this around the EU Referendum after waking up to hear Leave had won over Remain, but at the end of the day, the power lies with us the electorate and the politicians that govern us.
Although I was very disappointed with the EU Referendum result, I’m terrified of my future because of the damage that has been left by the baby boomers, but I’m also interested to see how our exit from the European Union shapes our country and the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, our Kingdom is divided by the result of the EU Referendum, but let’s see what this change brings for us. As divided the country is right now with the Prime Minister David Cameron resigning this morning according to Sky News, I don’t want a country to be ruled by hate over love and compassion
At the end of the day, you cannot change history, but history can repeat itself. All I can say is don’t let the EU Referendum break the friendships you’ve had with your friends, stay united as hope will always win over hate.
Feature image to the Independent.