Reaction and analysis plus listen to BBC Radio 5 live as England go out of Euro 2016 after suffering a shock defeat by Iceland in the last 16.
While the UK voted to leave the EU, not all of the UK was in favour, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU while Wales and England voted to leave. So where does this leave the future of Scotland and Northern Ireland, do they wish to remain unified within the UK and work together to bring about a greater benefit for the UK as a whole. Or, do they wish to split from the UK and become independent either as two separate entities or a combined new venture of Scotland and Northern Ireland. A fourth option will Northern Ireland reunify with the Republic of Ireland to create a unified Ireland. Only Northern Ireland and Scotland can decide.
Economically, the pound as leave became more certain continued on a downwards trend to a 30 year low and stock market trading is also on a down slide. But this would be expected as the financial markets do not deal with change well, especially one that as never been seen before. What we now need is strong leadership both politically and financially.
David Cameron did state that he would respect the wishes of the people, so you would have now expected that he will be working wholeheartedly to achieve a successful break from the EU for the greater good of the UK. However, as he as now resigned and expects his replacement to be in post before the next Conservative Conference in October was that another promise on which he as lied to the electorate. The Bank of England and especially Mark Carney have to do what is needed to stabilise the financial situation in conjunction with what is left of Cameron’s tenure and his eventual replacement.
The EU also needs to reflect how they are to proceed, for it is now clear that they will, eventually, lose a major contributor to the EU, especially financially and there are other countries waiting in the wings to decide if they to wish to have similar referendums, these I believe could be Italy, Netherland, Spain and possibly France and even so, to some extent Germany.
Also how will the USA react, for it is now certain that TTIP is even more seriously damaged, as they were expecting UK support to push this through the EU, to counter an ever-growing discontent with the proposed treaty in some of the other EU countries. So was Obama talking for the good of the UK when he stated he wished the UK to remain in the EU, or just the interests of the USA and especially their multinational companies.
Times are a changing and for the benefit of the UK we all need to be working together no matter how we viewed and voted in the Referendum.
Voting came to an end at 10pm following a day in which storms and torrential rain disrupted much of the south – but did not appear to deter people from coming out to register their view at the ballot box.
There as always and to some extent there always will be a subversive undertone in any country and the UK is not exempt, however we are generally a tolerant nation and it is on this aspect that we all need to focus.
Politics can always bring out the worst in people and this can be seen by some aspects of the EU Referendum campaign on all sides.
The red cross of St George is the Engish flag and this should be the paramount uderstanding by everyone, just because it as been taken by some far, far right organisations should not demean its importance to the people of England.
It is not the flag that demonstrates racist overtones but some of the minority fractions who are using it for their own ends, as a country we all need to reclaim the flag for its original intension to symbolise the unity of being English, no matter from whatever background or culture you have originated from.
Incidents like this and the attempt to link UK Christians with the Jo Cox murder are very suspicious. Something very fishy is afoot folks but don’t take the bait. Stay as you are because you are the most wonderful tolerant, inclusive and enigmatic folk in the world. Tribe of Dan remnant, you are totally unique. Celebrate that bond you have. No others can reach your height but they could try to learn from you if they could be bothered.
Originally posted on Amy Holloway-Smith:
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