A Sad Day. The beginning of the end of the UK in the EU (not my photo, btw) by ivan

A Sad Day. The beginning of the end of the UK in the EU (not my photo, btw)

I don't usually post political things here. But the events today in UK justify an exception to that norm.

Today, by the hand of Theresa May, our un-elected Prime Minister: the beginning of the end of UK in the EU. So sad!

Family events apart, this is probably the saddest day of my life. I made this comment on the ALDE page (as did others). Tina joins with this. Her father fought through Belgium and Holland, not just for the UK, but for Europe. Had a Belgian girlfriend, married a lady from from Danzig, then a Free State, now Gdansk, Poland. Like us, he and Tina's mother loved visiting Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy etc. by car - shopping, visiting galleries and museums large and small, enjoying the culture. We know he would be horrified at what is happening now. Others from UK have said similar about their fathers and grandfathers who fought in WW2.

Yes, EU has its problems. No, we don't like what Angela Merkel did, allowing unfettered access to migrants, many not genuine refugees. Many Germans don't like it either. But EU is a community, with European ideals and values, so important at a time of threats, terrorism and upheaval. So much better to be part of that community. And 'able to control our own borders' is a fiction. Blair never did, nor did Theresa May in her six years as Home Secretary with responsibility for border control. Its not the EU migrants that are the problem (most come to UK to work), more the non-EU ones. Those able to claim UK citizenship because of colonial history, family already here etc. - and others.

The Brexit leaders conned people at the Referendum, lied even, frightened them, made empty promises they could never keep. Theresa May gave tacit support to Remain in EU because of Cabinet Collective responsibility with Cameron as PM. Now, as un-elected PM, she has embraced Brexit with all the emotions of a mother for her child. Sorry, she is totally untrustworthy and leading us with unseemly relish to a very poor future. Sad day!

Thanks for all your nice comments on the tulip and getting it onto PP.
I agree with all you have said - be happy that you didn't take advantage of your right to live in Europe as I did many years ago and now face an uncertain future without rights and a rapidly decreasing purchasing power... There are said to be 2M British citizens living permanently in European countries and Teresa May doesn't give a fig for our future.
March 29th, 2017  
Sad day indeed. I wore black.
March 29th, 2017  
@vignouse That is very bad, Richard, for you and the many others. I don't think she does care - she is a strange person - and I think Brexit has given her a cause, something almost to love and protect. Like a mother with her child (she never had any). I do wish you well and regret the financial impact on Brits in the EU. It will cost Tina and I when we go to Europe - £ down 12% now, may go lower. No EHIC I think. Best wishes.
March 29th, 2017  
@helenhall Thank you, Helen Jane. Appropriate clothing. :(
March 29th, 2017  
When we changed from the French Franc to the € 1 January 2002 we were getting 1.48€ to the £ - today 1.11€ and all our income is pension income that comes from the UK. And by the way - any Brit who had lived outside the UK for more than 15 years had no right to vote in the referendum and thus influence their future.
March 30th, 2017  
@vignouse It is a sorry state for Brits Abroad. Take care.
March 30th, 2017  
So sorry all this has and is happening to the UK. Sad times, for sure.
March 30th, 2017  
I commented on this shot on fb. The decision is difficult bot for British expats and for those EU citizens working in the UK. There are thousands of Maltese people living there. My son finished his psychiatric training there and many other doctors did so in their specialisation. I wonder what will happen now for those who wish to do likewise.
March 30th, 2017  
Bep
I totally agree with you, Ivan. Sad times, what will the future bring?
March 30th, 2017  
We did have a beautiful first spring day.
We have a saying: het heeft nog nooit zo donker weest of het wordt altijd wel weer licht. + +/- even after the darkest night there will comes alway`s a brigh new day.
March 30th, 2017  
Unfortunately, I've seen what the EU has done to Greece, having family their, so I can see the other side. So many Greeks are suffering through no fault of their own. It was the greed of lawyers and doctors etc, who helped bring the country to it's knees. Now Greece is a satellite of Germany, so much is owned by the German's now. Even though my daughter is a Brit abroad, she hates what Merkel and Co have done to Greece.
March 30th, 2017  
@carolmw And I agree with you about what Germany has done to Greece, Carol - it is very wrong. The EU should face up to the problem. But for Britain to be out of EU is bad, I think, for so many, including talented young people who will have less opportunities.
March 30th, 2017  
@ivan. I think this is something we'll have to wait and see. My grandsons have been living with me for nearly 7 years now, because of the Greek problems. The eldest is in his third year at University studying Nuclear Engineering, and the younger is in his first year studying Policing and Criminal justice. Just hope they both get into work. They don't stand a chance in Greece with so many young people out of work.
March 30th, 2017  
Hope they get good career opportunities, too, Carol. The City is beginning to make contingency arrangments out of London in the EU - Brussels for Lloyds and Dublin also favoured. Hope it's not an exodus...we've only just started the 2-years to Brexit.
March 30th, 2017  
I saw this on FB Ivan.

I never like doing politics on social media but OMG Ivan the government haven't got a clue what they are doing . They have nothing to negotiate with . Hello India / Australia / USA / Canada ....delete as appropriate,,,we've just lost our biggest trade market in the world ..... can we do a deal with you please !!! Ridiculous
March 30th, 2017  
@phil_howcroft Agree with you, Phil, thanks for your comments.
March 31st, 2017  
@carolmw Forgot to press the Reply button, Carol, so repeating my reply here: Hope they get good career opportunities, too, Carol. The City is beginning to make contingency arrangements out of London in the EU - Brussels for Lloyds and Dublin also favoured. Hope it's not an exodus...we've only just started the 2-years to Brexit.
March 31st, 2017  
@pyrrhula Thanks, Ferry, but if we have Brexit I doubt we will return to EU in my lifetime.
March 31st, 2017  
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