To be honest I am surprised at how much Brexit has had on the financial markets around the world. I was obviously aware that London would take a big hit, but even though the markets are linked to each other, I didn't understand how much they would react.
I think that there's been a big shock around the world because the UK is a significant trading partner with many countries. The levels of imports/exports vary with each, but with a buying population of almost fifty millions, it does make a difference.
The campaign for and against Brexit was conducted on a simple premise. Stay with the EU and accept whatever laws and rules they dictate, or leave the EU and determine your own destiny. The discussions never went much further than that and were conducted
with such vitriol on both sides, that it created a vast centre of undecideds. People ultimately had to consider how it affected them now and worry about the future when it happens.
The worst aspect was the total ineffectiveness of the politicians. They
were supposed to provide a rational understanding of the consequences for or against. But all they did was compete with each other to imagine the scariest possible future scenarios. What the public did was roll the decision ball and scatter them asunder. They
all fell and they're still falling with the Prime Minister running scared – to his foxhole as the tv presenters keep pointing out.
In theory the Queen could step in and take temporary command. Yes it would cause a constitutional crisis, but not
much worst than it is at the moment. She is very conscious of her neutrality and so is unlikely to takes sides, but anyway there is a rapidly diminishing bank of competent politicians to choose from. It seems that there is no single politician that either
political party chooses to support. The irony is that the Queen has a greater understanding of international relations than any British politician – she's been there while they really have no such experience.
But you can't live your life in a
bubble of fear and you have to believe that you can determine your own destiny. It manifests itself in many ways and at many levels – what job you have, what training you get, what experience you build up, where you buy a house, what car you buy, relationship
and entertainment choices. You cannot leave your house each day and expect an inevitable Armageddon. The UK has been subject to serious pressures in the past and had to survive – and has done so. It has always had an inventive and richly cultural population.
I like it here!
So somehow everyone in the UK has got to join together, stop sniping and head towards the future with positivity. Okay so the majority have chosen a bumpy road instead of a smooth easy one and is dragging the rest kicking and screaming.
The remaining twenty-seven EU leaders – well actually just France and Germany – have been upset at being accused of not considering cultural differences between each other. Not so they cry and point to their protection of Greece – some protection!
I cannot believe that the UK will sink into oblivion or that as an island it will float aimlessly; but there's no doubt that there are big changes ahead.