I woke up with the sad news of the UK's departure from the EU. I started the day with a conversation with my father, who lives there for many years. While exchanging emails and chatting with colleagues accross Europe (who happen to do the assessment of several EU policies) I realized that Brexit was also their “alarm” that day.
Friends from and living in England are disgusted. We are all in shock and apprehensive. I'm concerned with the escalation of the economic crisis in Europe and in the UK, as well as with the new obstacles that will be raised towards immigration. The position of Scotland and Northern Ireland, that voted to continue in the EU, will also be affected. The Scots, for example, recently voted to continue in the UK, assuming that the country would remain in Europe. This day is a nostalgic reminder of the lives of those who’ve been fighting for independence for centuries. Countries such as France and the The Netherlands have already raised their voices asking for a referendum.
I know it is not easy to act together and I also agree that it is urgent to rethink the European Policy. But honestly, I believe that in times of unsettlement and international conflict it is very important to find consensus and to stay united. My point being: it is very dangerous to ask these questions in the heart of a financial crisis, but the answer has been given and now it is up to us to embrace this change and make the most out of it.