Anne-Sophie at UEA

An International Student of Literature in England.

Brexit — a European point of view

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Brexit is all we’ve heard about in the UK and all over internet and the news. I am both excited and stressed about the results because I know it is a huge decision for the UK — a place where I plan to live and work in the future — but also for me as a European student and European citizen. But quite frankly, I am getting really sick of it and want it to be over.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about politics and haven’t read much about Brexit because I can’t vote in the referendum. However, what I know is that it’s been a disgusting contest for who’s going to say the stupidest thing about Europe, immigration, etc, and that it disgusts me. Part of it may be because I feel rejected when people say all these mean things against Europe and immigrants (although I know a French student like me isn’t “the problem”). I have also realised that attitude towards the EU is so different in Europe, or at least in France. In France, people are mostly again euro as a currency whereas in the UK, lots of people seem to think that their country can survive and shine on its own like it did… a long time ago.

Firstly, being part of the EU is much more than “allowing these damn immigrants who rape our wives and steal our jobs” and if you don’t get it, you’re a lost cause. Not to mention the fact that “these damn immigrants” are usually people who will either contribute greatly to the economy and diversity of the country you praise so much or people who flee awful war or poverty and deserve to be helped. Sympathy isn’t something we all care about. Anyway, open boarders and social help are not the only thing the EU does and can do so I suggest you read more about it.

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The problem with having a referendum is that people like you or me don’t know much about politics or economics which is normal because it is not our job. It should be the job of politicians.

We can’t know for sure what will or will not happen if the UK remains or leaves the EU. One thing we know if that leaving the EU won’t magically solve all of the UK’s problems. The EU isn’t a devil preventing you from anything. Just look at your own politicians — have they been able to solve anything? What have they done for students recently? … or is it also Brussel’ fault?

I don’t know about you but I like to believe in unity, strong and close relationships between countries and in a system that allows people like me to move, study and work freely!

We will see the results on the 24th of June and I seriously  hope that if you’re going to vote, you make the sensible answer! And I hope that you DO vote because this is a huge decision for your country and abstention won’t help anyone.

As for me, I hope the UK remains and I hope I don’t need to apply for a visa or things like that for my possible future in England. 

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2 comments on “Brexit — a European point of view

  1. bybyq
    28 June, 2016

    Hi there, Anne Sophie.
    I hope you are okay after the referendum. As a UEA alumni, I also received the letter from UEA — statement from the vice-chancellor about the university stand in this matter. I hope things are going well for you, and your study.
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    • Anne-Sophie
      29 June, 2016

      Hey! Thanks for the comment! I’m relieved to know my status as an EU student won’t be affected right now and that I’ll still get student finance. There’s that, at least. We’ll see what happens in the future.

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