welcome to the future

June 23, 2016 4:14pm CST
I was reared in a house with three brothers. I have a knack of subconsciously winding people up, although yes, maybe it isn't always simply a subconscious decision. Maybe sometimes I'm a little bit naughty. Unless you live in Outer Mongolia or the deepest darkest jungles of South America, you can't possibly have failed to realise that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is today making a BIG decision about its future. So I posted a status on Facebook saying that I was 97.84% sure of which way I was voting, but with twelve hours to go till it was time to vote, I was open to persuasion. Well. Welcome to my can of worms. It became a battle of Big Brother vs Step-Niece vs Nephew vs Old School Friend. There they were, bickering like an old married couple, throwing words like stupid and numpty around. Children. I understand that people are emotional about it, but why there needs to be verbal {and not always verbal} fisticuffs is beyond me. All we can do is vote as we see fit. Insults and arguments won't sway opinion. What will be, will be. I have voted. And goodness, it was busy. It's never normally busy at the polling stations on election days. Local council elections, general elections, police commissioner elections ... Nobody seems to care, but today it was manic. I am expecting to wake up tomorrow and discover Britain First supporters waving flags whilst rounding up foreign folk and shepherding them towards the sea ports. It was a really big decision left to a bunch of ignorant fools. It was like being a child in the midst of Mummy Remain and Daddy Brexit, listening to their hot air as they argue about all the stuff they did and wanted before Divorce reared its ugly head. The polls have closed. Yikes.
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@moffittjc (45398)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Jun 16
I just wrote a post on the subject, as that's the first news I sought out when I woke up this morning. I admit I was very shocked at the news! Last night before I went to bed, I was following several Twitter news feeds that were reporting the vote count of major UK cities as the results came in, and in every tweet I saw the "remain" votes were outpacing the "leave" votes. So sometime during the night when I was sleeping, the tide turned in the other direction. There's going to be some major short-term headaches as the world reacts to the news, but only time will tell what will happen in the long-term. I have a feeling that this particular vote is going to lead to other countries leaving the EU as well, and I think Europe as a whole is going to be in for a rough ride over the next decade or so.
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24 Jun 16
I think that Scotland will have another referendum to become independent and Northern Ireland will probably follow. The UK itself may become very small.
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@moffittjc (45398)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jun 16
@Poppylicious That's such a shame. Would it still be called the UK, or would you go back to being called Britain or England or something like that? If Northern Ireland and Scotland leave, would Wales also want to break free?
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26 Jun 16
@moffittjc No idea! I can't see anyone making a break for it yet, anyway.
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@Mike197602 (13895)
• United Kingdom
23 Jun 16
not all outies support ukip or britain first.
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24 Jun 16
I know. I probably could have written something a little less stereotypical, but I was tired!
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@Mike197602 (13895)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun 16
@Poppylicious that's ok, considering the result I'll let you off
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@MALUSE (43692)
• Uzbekistan
23 Jun 16
The EU countries are waiting as nervously as you do.
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24 Jun 16
I'm sorry that we've let you down. :(
@MALUSE (43692)
• Uzbekistan
24 Jun 16
@Poppylicious It won't take long until some of the Brexit supporters will be sorry, too. The GBP is falling and falling. I wonder how the pensioners in, say, Spain are going to pay for their lives there with their now meagre GB pensions.
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24 Jun 16
@MALUSE It does seem that a lot of the Brexit supporters have very much been in the 'I'm going to vote this way, but I haven't thought about why, I'm just going to do it to stick two fingers up to the government' camp and have failed to really think what the long term consequences may be.
• United States
24 Jun 16
mercy, i dunno why folks feel the need to go off the deep end'n "defense" 'f their believes, yet choose to let others e'en speak...so to speak. i hope that what's right fer yer country occurs.
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24 Jun 16
The country has put its foot down like a petulant child and chosen to leave. It was very close though. And only Time knows whether it's right or wrong.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
@Poppylicious oh boy, there's no tellin' what gonna occur. no doubt a frightenin' prospect :(
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@Corbin5 (116644)
• United States
23 Jun 16
Sounds like there may be a rumble after the votes are counted. I deleted my FB account years ago due to the infantile behavior of those who choose to disagree in such an unseemly manner on more than just politics. Politics led to my sister unfriending me, and in return, I unfriended her and also the page of her cat. My sister and I have agreed we will never discuss politics; that has worked out well.
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24 Jun 16
Did her cat have differing political views too?!
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@Corbin5 (116644)
• United States
24 Jun 16
@Poppylicious Well, I just did the cat too since my sister "unfriended" me first, so there! Sis is the only Democrat in the whole family and I know she has influenced that kitty of hers.
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@amadeo (73628)
• United States
23 Jun 16
We are waiting on this or most of us are
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24 Jun 16
Does it get a lot of coverage in the US? The one good thing about this referendum is that for the past week we haven't had the focus on Donald Trump when we turn the news or telly on!
@Teep11 (7147)
• United States
23 Jun 16
I do know that children will argue. Adults may argue like children. God takes care of fools. Arguments can get out of hand and that's why it's best to come down before speaking.
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24 Jun 16
Unfortunately most people choose not to think before speaking, especially so when it's something they feel very strongly about. :(
• Preston, England
26 Jun 16
the polling station was quiet when I went but that was early - sadly not the result I hoped for and voted for
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@gudheart (12741)
24 Jun 16
I am worried about our countries future now :(
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@Dragonairy1 (1413)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
27 Jun 16
I have a postal vote, as I never know what I'll be working. I was sad at the result, but I'm even sadder at all the arguing since, and the politicians should all be shot