It is difficult to reflect on the unwinding events of the past 12-hours. As the stuffy air accompanying London’s usual fogginess throughout the last stretch of what can only be described as a senseless and aggressive campaign began to fade away, the daunting reality of a Brexit was revealed. The devastation the decision marks is far broader than physical steps in our economy, or the policies which the UK will eventually be obliged to settle with Europe in order to maintain the sweet taste of its single market. The true devastation is the dark and irremovable stain that this has marked on our ideas of progress, of inclusion, of working together to challenge the high tide of closed-minded populism that is beginning to rise above Europe’s liberal foundations. Today a dizzying hangover-like haze has covered the majority of London’s population, as well as the regions that voted IN (mainly Scotland, Ireland and a few others dotted here and there). Our hearts are heavy at the reality of utter mass regression of the views we so deeply believe in. The views we live our lives by. We are angry. But mostly we are saddened.
A conclusion to this non-conclusive socio-political scenario would be that despite a fearful and unknown future ahead, an encouraging level of political engagement is currently boiling to the surface, which is a rarity these days to say the least. This enthusiasm must be carried forward to create new ideas for change.
Words by Shira Jeczmien