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It was fairly inevitable that I would eventually come down with a cold: this week has been heavy on activities, and short on sleep. As well as going to two back-to-back concerts (one of which necessitated travelling to London after work, and thus not arriving back in Cambridge until after midnight on a work night), I was at yesterday's anti-Brexit march in London, and followed that up with a friend's birthday party in the evening. It seems to have been that, combined with last night's arrival of daylight savings time, that finally brought the cold on. I'm feeling decidedly exhausted, and don't think next week is going to be all that much fun...

The march itself was well attended (estimates put the crowd size at about 100,000, which is not massive, but not terrible), although I'm aware that it's a fairly futile gesture at this point. It mattered to me that I was there — as it has mattered to me that I've been present at other large marches that were nothing more than symbolic, futile gestures to register discontent. No matter how many people showed up at yesterday's march, Article 50 is still going to be triggered on the 29th, and the UK is going to continue on its dangerous course towards isolation, nationalistic extremism, and impoverished decline. But it's precisely for this reason that I felt people's presence at events such as yesterday's march were important: there needed to be a recorded, visible historical record that showed that not everyone in the country was marching in ideological lockstep out of the EU, and that leaving was not done in everyone's name, nor with everyone's consent.

Next week is going to be difficult, particularly for EU friends living in the UK (and their non-EU family members whose immigration status depends on Britain being a member-state of the EU). I wish I could offer words of comfort or courage, but I've got nothing. It's a terrible thing that is happening, a decision made by people who voted to take something away from others, something they'd never understood, never knowingly made use of (the irony being that all the times they did make use of it were invisible to them), and whose value they were unable to perceive.

Date: 2017-03-26 09:29 pm (UTC)
nymeth: (Rackham)
From: [personal profile] nymeth
All the hugs and solidarity for next week <3

Date: 2017-03-26 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I send get well vibes your way!

Even though I don't live in the UK, as someone who is an immigrant in another EU country, I thank you for marching in that march. I think it's important for our voices to be heard so that everyone knows that not everyone from a country supports all this crap. It would be the same way if I was in the U.S too. Ugh, it seems like the U.S and UK are having a competition to see who's politics are the most craziest.

I know it may seem futile, but I hope the UK votes to stay in the EU after all. Otherwise, there will be some major consequences. I heard a rumor that if the UK would leave the EU, the IRA may come back?

Date: 2017-04-01 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I'm slowly on the mend, but my cold lasted longer than I expected.

Yes, I think that marches can be important for symbolic and historical reasons — I'm kind of consoling myself in the current situation by reminding myself that going on marches, writing letters to Members of Parliament and so on is important, because it means future historians have a written record that what is happening in the UK is not happening with the consent of everyone in the country — that we resisted in whatever ways we could, and we did not agree with the decisions made by our government (or by our fellow voters).

I don't think there's any way the UK can stay in the EU: the government has begun the process to take us out, and they are determined to do so because they think it's what their voting base wants. There will be some major consequences: the loss of UK citizens' free movement rights in the EU, confusion as to the residence status of EU citizens in the UK and British migrants living elsewhere in the EU (and bear in mind that some of these people are likely to be married to British citizens, meaning that leaving the EU could split families up), and a huge negative effect on the economy, employment prospects for British people and so on (a lot of British industry exists precisely because Britain is in the EU and the companies want to be based in an EU country: they will move once Britain leaves).

It's a bit more complicated than the IRA coming back in Northern Ireland. Rather, the current peace in Northern Ireland is possible to a large extent because Britain (and the Republic of Ireland) both being in the EU have meant that everyone in Northern Ireland can pretend to ignore the divisions in their society. Being in the EU means no land border with guards and checkpoints between Northern Ireland and the Republic, and everyone essentially agreed to disagree with regards to whether they wanted to be part of Britain or the Republic, as long as there was no border, and everyone was an EU citizen. Northern Irish voters voted to remain, mainly because of this. No one elsewhere in Britain (least of all politicians and Leave campaigners) seems to have considered the effect of a Leave vote on the fragile peace in Northern Ireland. Here's ( a good commentary article about the possible effects of Brexit on Northern Ireland.


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