How British Career Girls Responded To Brexit

 

If you’ve been hiding under a rock or way too absorbed in your work today, you may have missed the results of the ‘Brexit/Bremain’ vote, which mean that Britain will, in fact, be making a move towards leaving the EU. As a born and bred Brit myself, I woke up to lots of Facebook politics in the morning, but it’s still unclear what this actually means.

There are lots of Career Girls that have come into the UK from countries in the EU and are working and living here happily, so for all of you that are a little uncertain, whether you voted in, out or don’t even live here, I did a bit of research to find out what’s next for Britain.

DAVID CAMERON IS OUT

Yep, David Cameron (that’s the UK Prime Minister btw) is resigning. All this upheaval in one day is a little bit too much for us Brits to take, so no matter what we voted we’re all shaking our heads and tutting at the amount of drastic change one day can bring. We just don’t know what will happen. Who will take over? Being Brits, we’re relying on our weather small talk today more than ever.

THE POUND IS DOWN

The pound has dropped to its weakest in three decades, which is a little startling, to say the least. Stock markets are in free fall, and lots of words I don’t honestly understand are being thrown around to describe the crashes. UK citizens living outside of the UK who depend on salaries or pensions paid in sterling are worse off, but many are taking advantage of the drop. Financial uncertainty is troubling for twenty-somethings who have a hard enough time staying out of their overdraft.

ARTICLE 50 WILL BE TRIGGERED

So, I don’t know exactly what ‘Article 50’ is, but it sounds like some secret service shit. According to Mats Persson, special advisor to David Cameron, Article 50 “gives any EU member the right to quit unilaterally, and outlines the procedure for doing so…giving the leaving country two years to negotiate an exit deal.”

So Britain has two years of the same stuff, while negotiating terms, including freedom of movement in and out of the EU. Brits don’t want to faff about with visas, and a lot of us emigrate to hotter countries, so it’ll be interesting to see what terms are eventually agreed upon, especially after the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned “Leaving the EU would mean that British citizens would lose the right to move freely, work and do business in the largest economic area, the largest market in the world,”. Some people predict we might not see any changes for something like five years.

WORKING IN THE EU

I know a lot of the US is kind of confused about what all this means, as are EU nationals living in the UK, for now, it means nothing. It means the majority want out, but nothing has been agreed upon.

There are 3m EU nationals in the UK, they make up 6% of the workforce, so it’s likely that those already in the UK will stay and nothing will happen. If they’ve been in the UK for five years or more they qualify for permanent residence, but it gets trickier when EU residents want to bring over family members, and we aren’t sure what will be done about that. In the short-term, though, people coming from EU countries to the UK between now and the ‘divorce date’ are worried that the UK will refuse entry. That is likely to make negotiating with Brussels worse, as it will break EU rules on free movement. 

SHOULD WE PLAN OUR FUTURE?

Don’t panic. The UK has no idea how the negotiations are going to go, a lot of the people who voted remain are hoping that this proves the UK to be a strong, independent country, and it may just be that way. But a lot of EU nationals are concerned and wonder if the vote should be taken personally. The London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a statement today saying:

“I want to send a clear message to every European resident living in London – you are very welcome here. As a city, we are grateful for the enormous contribution you make, and that will not change as a result of this referendum. There are nearly one million European citizens living in London today, and they bring huge benefits to our city – working hard, paying taxes, working in our public services and contributing to our civic and cultural life. We all have a responsibility to now seek to heal the divisions that have emerged throughout this campaign – and to focus on what unites us, rather than that which divides us.”

CONCLUSION

The weather is great today, isn’t it? I mean, a bit cloudy but gotta love that sunshine…

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