This morning was very tremendous day indeed. It was declared that my country voted to leave the European Union, with a close 51.9% of people voting Leave, against 48.1% who voted Remain. I was honestly shocked and surprised, mainly because of all the cheap tactics the Remain side were using to swing the vote their way. They even had my generation fooled into thinking Brexit would destroy us. It honestly looked as if we were doomed to remain in the EU, but what the Remain camp didn’t count on is the amount of working class people who are tired constantly being lied to, and they’ve made their voice heard.
As a Leave voter, I’m very excited to hear that the people have decided to ignore the scaremongering of the Remain camp. Today has been a victory not just over the EU, but also a victory over the kind of pessimism that has dominated our culture in recent times. I’m very happy to see that the people have decided that they want a better future, and if that wasn’t good enough, it appears that David Cameron himself has conceded defeat, having announced that he will resign in October, resulting in a new Tory leader (and Prime Minister) being elected around the time of the Conservative Party Conference. I have to say that David Cameron has demonstrated a surprising level of maturity and grace in resigning his post. He took the results better than I expected, and even though he lied straight to our faces and fought hard against us Brexiters, at least he didn’t throw a public tantrum. While I hated David Cameron, I have to thank him for at least giving us the vote, and for handling his defeat with at least a shred of dignity.
As David Cameron resigned, there’s been talk that Boris Johnson may take his place. If he does I’ll be behind him. He performed so well in the Brexit campaign and did such a job at making the case for hope triumphing over fear that I think he would make a fine leader, and I’d vote for him. Nigel Farage, of course, celebrated the result. This is exactly what UKIP set out to achieve in their manifesto, and now Farage has what he wants. I guess that means UKIP won’t mean much to a lot of people anymore, unless immigration is still a big problem for a lot of people, but I think the main thing I take from this is that the establishment has taken quite a hefty blow.
Indeed, Brexit is the biggest sign of a populist revolution spreading across the West. The people are demanding that they be heard, and they’re tired of the political class sneering at them for actually being concerned about the welfare of their country, and there’s even talk of Brexit signalling the victory of Donald Trump. Speaking of Trump, I think that after Brexit, a Trump victory is very likely, considering that his followers are concerned about much of the same things as the Leave camp were, and Trump knows how to tap into the dissatisfaction of the working class, which the Democrats have totally isolated themselves from. The Brexit victory signals a big shake up of the establishment, and the establishment media outlets don’t like it one bit. The Guardian is already feeling the sting of having their self-righteous superiority complex spurned by the working class that they have failed to represent.
For me, today’s result has exposed the immaturity of the Remain camp’s biggest backers, including those in the media. While ordinary Remain voters might have taken the result better, celebrities like Lily Allen took to calling half the population racist. It’s because of that kind of attitude that Leave won. I’ve been hearing a lot of nonsense from people who voted Remain (particularly from the “University Applicants 2016” Facebook group, which might as well be a microcosmic House of Commons), saying that the Leave voters have destroyed the future of this country. I believe that it is THEY who would destroy the future of the country by continuing to allow the EU to destroy democracy. They honestly don’t appear to know what is going on here. By voting Brexit, we have chosen to reject the overbearing globalist elite. By freeing ourselves from the shackles of Brussels, we can make our own choices and mistakes regarding the country’s future. I’m tired of seeing young people complaining about democracy just because the vote didn’t go their way, especially when the argument comes down to belittling your elders as “racists”, and especially when you consider that only 36% of 18-24-year-olds who were registered to vote actually bothered to vote at all. They have no right to complain about how they were robbed of their democratic voice. They had it, but they barely used it, and it’s a telling fact the older you were, the more likely you were to even show up at the polling station. If anything, the old people saved this country.
To all the young people who voted Remain, I know you might be disappointed, but in a way, I think you should be happy. If you hate David Cameron and wanted him gone, you’ve got what you wanted. Cameron’s going to be out of a job in not too long. If you hate Nigel Farage, at least be happy that you might not have to put up with him that much, considering that UKIP have had their wish granted. If you’re worried about the economy, market uncertainty is inevitable. Markets tend to be nervous at the prospect of change, and that’s simply how they work. Even if we do have a recession, recessions don’t last forever, and I think we would be economically worse off if we voted Remain.
Though the Remain camp may protest, Brexit is definitely happening, and I think we will all be better off because of it. Whatever the outcome, the EU referendum has been perhaps the most brutal political campaign I have witnessed, and yet it has reaffirmed the value of democracy in the face of the global elite who seek to destroy it. It’s been a very bitter year so far, but now that we’ve won a better future for this country, I hope that now we can hold our heads up high and move on. As for the rest of Europe, I feel that thanks to us, more and more European countries will want to leave the dying EU (I would definitely support Italy exiting the EU), and with any hope, we may yet see the fall of the tyrannical superstate that is the European Union.