As you have probably heard, the U.K voted by 48 to 51% to leave the European Union.

Since the results came out on Friday, the U.K's basically gone a bit wrong. Our prime minister, who campaigned heavily for the remain campaign, has quit and it now looks we have a choice between Boris Johnson, a slippery and utterly ridiculous character and Theresa May, someone who spoke out heavily against immigration in the recent past and who has the personal charisma of a wet rat crossed with a limp noodle. Many people voted to leave the E.U because it is un-democratic, and yet we will have no say over who our next leader is.

The Labour party is falling apart, with Jeremy Corbyn losing half his senior cabinet. The pound has fallen, the stock market is in confusion and the immediate aftermath of all is pretty much the nightmare scenario that the remain campaigners, admittedly ineffectually and unwisely, warned and threatened us with during the campaign.  

There is a lot of tension flying around between those who voted remain and those who voted leave. If you go on any comments section of a major article, or simply scroll up and down Facebook, it's everywhere. The remainers accuse the leavers of being mostly old, backwards, sun reading racists who didn't understand the consequences. The leavers accuse the remainers of undermining democracy, of not understanding the leavers arguments and of being closed minded. The young are accusing the old of stealing their future, the poor are accusing the less poor of backing a lying establishment, and the leave campaign is being blamed for an increase in racism and xenophobia. The people, in short, are anything but united.

Even though I voted remain, I know that the leave campaign was about far more than immigration. It meant many different things to different people.

When people voted to remain in the E.U in 1975, they didn't vote for what we have today. They voted for a trade agreement, not a superstate. Whilst you can accuse those in the older age categories of undermining the Europe so many younger people wanted to be a part of, it is a Europe they have seen change before their eyes over the last 40 years, a Europe they may not have wanted. They have also lived through a time when we weren't a member of the E.U, so perhaps the prospect was less scary for them simply because they have actually seen it, and therefore they believe right or wrongly that we can do it again.

 Many who voted to leave the E.U did so because they believe it is undemocratic, because it has un-elected officials, because of the fears that it is heading towards an all encompassing super state with a shared army and currency. Some people just do not believe in big all encompassing organisations.  Some people believe that whilst co-operation is good, the E.U should not become a superstate because Europe is comprised of so many different countries, cultures and people's who cannot be governed by one entity.

Some people voted to leave because they were sick of the remain campaign. Neither campaign was particularly good, but the remain campaign did appear more concerned with why the leave campaign was wrong then why they were right. The press coverage hardly helped either, with most of the more 'educated' publications like the Guardian and the BBC painting the leave voters as un-educated, ill informed UKIP supporters. The remain campaign was  filled with and backed by the establishment, and perhaps people were so sick of the establishment cutting funding for their area and then expecting them to blindly follow their campaign that they decided to rebel. Perhaps for some the E.U came to represent all powerful, unaccountable elites at home as well as abroad.

Some also believe that the E.U was bad for small businesses and did not let us trade freely with the rest of the world. Some people truly believe that despite the short term consequences, the realities of the E.U mean we are better off out, and we can only hope that they're right.

I can understand the leave arguments, but I still wish we had remained. I voted remain because I love a Europe without borders. I voted remain because I wanted the opportunity to live and work in 27 other countries. I voted remain because I have travelled around Europe and I loved it. I voted remain to keep it as easy as possible to visit these 27 other countries, without visas and borders. I voted remain because if we do stay in the single market we will be paying to remain in the same system we are in now, but without having any say in how it is run. I voted remain because the E.U does need to change, and it may well change, and we could have been involved in that and reaped the benefits. I voted remain because I want stability. I voted remain because I believe we have a duty to the Syrian refugees who are trying to enter our country, people fleeing the very wars we are at least partially responsible for, and I have no confidence our parliament to do this duty without the E.U pushing them. I voted remain because, although I am aware of the short comings and problems within the E.U I believe a group of countries who are geographically close together do benefit from co-operation, from sharing and from being connected. We are a small little island which is now bobbing along on its own, and perhaps we will find new friends, perhaps everyone will want to trade with us, and perhaps Britain will become 'great again', but this is just a perhaps. The E.U wasn't perfect, but it guaranteed alliances that we are now going to have to search for.

Mostly,  I voted remain because I didn't believe it was the right time to leave. Perhaps down the road, if it appeared the E.U was trying to take over, if it was obvious it was trying to create a superstate, then perhaps it would have been different. But as it was I simply cannot tell if the E.U was as undemocratic as people say, or if it appears more undemocratic than it was because there was such a lack of understanding in the U.K on how it was actually run. There is so much lack of democracy in this country; the house of lords and the queen are pretty clear examples. Why are we okay with that if democracy is so important to us? Are we going to do anything about that? Is this something else we are going to blame on the E.U?

These are confusing times for the U.K. We don't know when we are actually going to leave, if we are going to leave at all and what this would mean for our country. All we can hope for is that it does all work out in the end, because if not we're screwed.

Published by Sophia Moss