Late Night Ramblings of a Girl Who’s Country is Sadly Leaving the EU

In 1973 Britain finally joined the European Economic Community.

Yesterday 52% of the country decided they’d had enough and wanted to leave the EU. These voters all have their own reasons and good on them for being one of the 72% of the population that voted but for those of us who don’t want to leave the EU community we’re shocked at the outcome and worried for our futures.

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Today, the day after what Nigel Farage deemed “Independence Day”, we’re watching from behind our fingers at the fallout from this vote. This morning definitely woke us up and the information being thrown at us throughout the day as ensured we won’t have a good nights sleep for weeks.

Now even though we’ve voted to leave we won’t officially be out on our own for at least 2 years. This is because of Article 50. This official sounding phrase is a rule in the Lisbon Treaty that, if enacted, starts the process of a country leaving the EU. After David Cameron resigned as the Prime Minister today he made it clear he wouldn’t be the one to invoke the article; the next PM would, giving us until at least October for it to get going. We will then see two years of “negotiating” between us and the other 27 EU countries on things like trade deals, imports and exports, immigration and expats and simple things like healthcare for holiday goers. If we get this sorted in two years we’re good to go if not we can possibly get an extension.

This is obviously long winded and leaves us in the dark for a while. We will suffer financial difficulties even though the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, as made £250 billion available to the banks so they’re definitely prepared. The stock exchange is slowly rising after this morning’s shock result and currency is slowly moving in the right direction.

You’ll probably hear a lot about referendums in the coming weeks and months and CaptureJPGlooking at how different areas voted there is good reasons why. All 32 areas in Scotland voted to remain in the EU but would have to leave with us unless they gained independence. This could be in the pipeline but probably won’t happen until Article 50 is wrapped up. There’s also been an indication that London Mayor Sadiq Khan is not happy with London leaving the EU. The majority of London voted to stay and were in the top 10 of highest remain votes (Gibraltar topped with 96%) Imagine if London did get the option to host a referendum, what would happen to Parliament? There could also be the rumblings of referendums in Europe so far France and The Netherlands have voiced a may do of an in-out vote.

We’ve heard from world leaders who are shocked but willing to work to keep a good relationship with us but how long will this last when we put our demands on the table? Our love/hate relationship as been there since we joined and it won’t be going anywhere in the last 2 years. Whoever becomes the next PM will have to have their head screwed on to get the country through the negotiations intact and hopefully all of Great Britain and Northern Ireland still together as a great nation. They’ll also have to try their damnedest to keep Spain from co-owning Gibraltar and Ireland from merging into one. Good luck!

We’re in for a long, tough ride which will see everything we know change and maybe not for the better but until the ball gets rolling and we come out the other end an independent country we have to keep our heads clear and keep an eye on all the situations because it will all affect our lives in some way, and our sanity.

 

 

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In Other News…

Here in England, there is one thing everyone is talking about. Turn on the news it will be there. Yup. England is now infested with zombies and the start of the apocalypse is coming. We are all indoors now and the government is supplying us all with shot guns.

– Ok that is a massive lie.

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A few days ago, the media became a pack of hounds surrounding the royal family like how Witches and Wizards surrounded Harry Potter in the fight in the last book. Only, Harry wasn’t going into labour… possibly could have come up with a better analogy. Kate went into labour, with the kid which is 3rd in line to the throne. Or so they say,

Private Eye I personally hope the Queen suddenly announces she is immortal and we have a queen on the throne for the foreseeable future.

It was announced Kate had a baby boy, a few hours before they announced it to the media. So, overall, there was a few hours in this world the kid still didn’t exactly exist. The stork snuck in back delivered the baby and the two parents needed a few hours to get over the fact the stork rumours where true.

24.7.2013 the baby prince was named- Prince George Alexander Louis,  possibly now that this piece of news is released things will calm down a bit. I respect this birth is a big thing, but I think any mother would see being in pain and going into labour and delivering a baby a big thing, occasionally the only media coverage they will get is a self submitted picture and announcement into a newspaper. Not a continuous stalking of the news people.

So, just to go over that there is other things happening here in England, I’m going to do a brief scan of news sites and list some of the more interesting stories- after filtering out the royal related stuff. Yes this is where I actually pay attention to the news.

1. Changes to English Money– We are changing to Euros!… Yeah like that will ever happen this life time.

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Those unfamiliar to the English currency, there are 4 paper notes, well actually 3 and a half, £5, £10, £20 and £50. I say a half as an official £50 is hardly seen, no it’s not because most of us are that poor they don’t bother making them as it is seen as torture, it’s because £50 is the note which has been copied most- there have been a lot of fake £50 notes about.

But they are changing the £10 note. Most paper notes have famous people on, I’m not going to make any guesses which country has who, chances are I will get it wrong and be faced with a lot of complaints. In England, the person on the £10 note was evolution person Charles Darwin, the man who discovered God wasn’t/might not be the cause of everything, there for God can’t be blamed for everything. Charles Darwin will be kicked off the paper note, by Author, Jane Austen. There haven’t been many women on the notes- I’m just copying that part from what’s on this news site, I have no idea how they are going to explain that the female queen is on every note-  This can be seen as a big thing. I’d say it could also be an educational experience and get young people into reading classics, but I know from personal experience the only thing young people are bothered about in money is the number in the corner that tells them how much it is worth. This change will happen around 2017, so, English people have a while to decide if they are going to save their Darwin £10 or spend it. Another change is that Chocolate Lady, Elizabeth Fry will be removed by Winston Churchill on the £5.

One woman is being removed, but is being replaced by a more known, influential woman, who will be on a higher valued note… How about a female- besides the Queen- Gets on the £20 next?

2. Ponies-  Unfortunately English Bronies haven’t found Equestria so, this has nothing to do with My Little Pony… in fact I’d keep them away from this.

I’ve found three news articles relating to Ponies/Horses. Neither of them good. See? Even when a New English Monarch has been born life goes on. Basically, one pony has drown, interesting story the pony ran into the water… and three horses have died in a car accident, I’d love to think these horses were driving the car, possibly intoxicated, but it was a case of the trailer collided with a lorry. R.I.P Horsies, we hope you get to Equestria safely.

A more entertaining, horse related news story, which wasn’t reported because the horse died. A Woman, took a horse into Mc Donald’s. Yes, an actual living horse went into a Mc Donald’s fast food restaurant. In their defence they could have made things easier if the woman had been allowed through the drive thru like she originally tried to do. I would take my hat off to this woman if I wore a hat. This woman was fined, it does break health and safety rules. At least the rest of us now know not to take a horse to Mc Donald’s even if we are desperate for a Happy Meal or a McFlurry.

3. Weather-  This has to be mentioned.

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If you haven’t been to England, there is one world to describe the weather which haunts us around 95% of the time.

News1 Weather Horrible. However, there has been a case where us Britons have been boiling like our morning, afternoon and hourly cups of tea. For the first time in a while, England has been hit with a heatwave. Majority of us couldn’t cope, the MET office- the thing that is supposed to tell us when the weather is going to be really bad- even told us we may struggle. Barbecues came out at the start then of course the British way of complaining came out a few hours later. For some of you us complaining about temperatures what on occasion reached 30 degrees, seems like nothing.

For us Britons who live under almost constant clouds and rain, the sun is something which most time astonishes us and temperatures such as the ones we had been having is a cause for concern about a drought. Don’t worry though we still have our tea breaks though so we got though it till the thunder storms started a few days ago… Someone needs to get a psychiatrist on to the weather, I believe there could be a possible mood disorder to diagnose.

4. The A&E 

Really, they have just reported what most of us in England have suspected in the first place. Well, most of us who use the NHS A&E- Accident and Emergency, where you go in emergency or if you think you have broken something, will agree, you have to wait along time to see someone, unless you have chest pains or are bleeding all over the floor. A report came out telling us A&E’s are under achieving. To be honest, in England depending who you ask, lot’s of things are under achieving. If it isn’t students grades it’s the government. The Government controls everything so lets get rid of blaming the specifics and ask politics.

It was easy to see that this was going to happen though, the NHS has been reported multiple times to be understaffed. This is one news report that needs to be acted on, the NHS provides a large sector of health care for the whole of the United Kingdom. This is free health care- I think they need to put free in quotation marks. It’s free if you don’t need medication or an NHS dentist- however it still means we get to see a health professional with no cost so it is effective. It’s easy to see, with zero cost, the amount of people accessing, or trying to access, the NHS services why waiting times would be long. For most hospitals the A&E is the front line, here you can expect any and all injuries, non serious and life threatening so it is important that the A&E is working well.

So, this is just a small preview of what other things are happening in the UK. Of course, there is a lot more happening it’s a whole country and we don’t just revolve around the royal family.