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Started by FleurDuMal on Jan 1, 2021 11:53:33 AM
What will change for you? How will you cope?

I’ve never been a flag-waving nationalist, so the U.K. being an insignificant little island doesn’t bother me. I’m more concerned about the potential erosion of human rights and the deterioration of food/medicine standards.

What can we do?

bailliegillies - 01 Jan 2021 12:11:59 (#1 of 159)

We're going to see a lot of changes, some already discussed others not yet anticipated. We're going to be poorer, less relevant in the world and more buffeted by decisions made elsewhere. It will probably last for a generation or so before a new younger generation looks again to Europe and asks to rejoin. The big question now is can the UK survive?

coshipi - 01 Jan 2021 12:17:53 (#2 of 159)

The big question now is can the UK survive?

I doubt if it can. Scotland and Northern Ireland won't be part of the UK for much longer, I don't think. The only question is whether Wales remains tied to England.

ATtcha - 01 Jan 2021 12:18:39 (#3 of 159)

Changes work both ways, here's a British press correspondant in Brussels finding out this morning that his kids won't be able to watch their favourite cartoons anymore:

James Crisp @JamesCrisp6

When @MichelBarnier said Brexit had consequences, I believed him but never realised how serious it would be.

This morning, with a small hangover, I discovered what he meant when I tried to tranquilise the kids...

Amazon Prime no longer lets me watch Peppa Pig!

mingmong - 01 Jan 2021 12:21:51 (#4 of 159)

The only question is whether Wales remains tied to England.

Mark Drakeford (Welsh Labour) is no separatist, but even he has suggested there would be little point being tied to England if Scotland and Northern Ireland have left.

coshipi - 01 Jan 2021 12:31:24 (#5 of 159)

Far better to be part of the EU than part of a UK that isn't in the EU.

TommyDCMBR8 - 01 Jan 2021 12:48:01 (#6 of 159)

Qualification for EU status is a fair bit off for any bits of the UK that decide to break off and follow that path, though. Who knows what state the bloc will be in a decade from now?

TauCeti - 01 Jan 2021 12:49:03 (#7 of 159)

whether Wales remains tied to England.

don't worry it won't split; too much money involved. I would suggest that Wales annexes England ....

coshipi - 01 Jan 2021 12:56:12 (#8 of 159)

Qualification for EU status is a fair bit off for any bits of the UK that decide to break off and follow that path

The Westminster government (and other English parties) make much of this argument, but it's far more interesting to hear opinions on the subject from within the EU. They are not so dismissive.

SinnerBoy - 01 Jan 2021 13:01:08 (#9 of 159)

Personally, I think it's going to be more difficult for me to work. I used to be able to hop on a plane, at short notice and go to work in Europe.

Now, I'm probably going to have to organise visas. I get some UK, but mostly, it's Norway and EU.

deadmanwalking23 - 01 Jan 2021 13:02:02 (#10 of 159)

deterioration of food/medicine standards.

The MHRA have ensured that medicine standards won't decline.

fogsake - 01 Jan 2021 13:03:40 (#11 of 159)

For who?

deadmanwalking23 - 01 Jan 2021 13:08:07 (#12 of 159)

Industry I expect

TauCeti - 01 Jan 2021 13:09:18 (#13 of 159)

I don't know yet what will change; given age group and immigrant status, and I haven't bothered with the SS yet (tried several times and got nowhere) we'll see as time goes by; that and the general UK situation which isn't much encouraging.

bailliegillies - 01 Jan 2021 13:45:36 (#14 of 159)

I think we'll see a growth in emigration as younger generations with skills and/or money decide to leave UK and seek a better life in mainly Australia, NZ and Canada. Already know of some young families that have left for Canada, both of them with good practical skills which Canada wants.

bossab2 - 01 Jan 2021 13:47:32 (#15 of 159)

I've instructed my son to learn German, and consider going to Uni in The Netherlands.

bailliegillies - 01 Jan 2021 13:53:32 (#16 of 159)

Suggest Mandarin as well.

bossab2 - 01 Jan 2021 13:55:52 (#17 of 159)

I think he's more likely to fancy European girls.

bailliegillies - 01 Jan 2021 13:59:50 (#18 of 159)

China is going to be the main industrial power and it will help anyone doing business in Europe to speak Chinese as that's going to be an important part of the New Silk Road.

coshipi - 01 Jan 2021 14:00:09 (#19 of 159)

Our daughter, married to a German and living in Berlin, got her dual nationality in plenty of time; our grandson, fifteen months old today as ever is, already has both German and UK passports.

tasselhoff - 01 Jan 2021 14:35:44 (#20 of 159)

I'll also just smugly use my French passport in the EU and my British one in Britain.

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