A kingdom asunder

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I took this photo from a taxi window, speeding home one day last week. There’s St. Paul’s, and Tower 42, and the Cheese Grater, and the Walkie Talkie, and just out of frame is the Shard. I will never get over the fact that I live in London. Every day, I wake up feeling lucky. Blessed. This city has been good to me and my family.

But after the #Brexit vote last week, what’s abundantly evident is that London, my city, my home, might exist in a bubble. That we in London are unaware of how the rest of England feels, or what privations it suffers.

This country which has been my home, which welcomed me, sheltered me, brought me my husband, raised my child, this amazing kingdom, is torn in two, rent asunder, friend against friend, family against family, with no clear solution in sight.

My position as an EEA national in the UK is up in the air – will I be allowed to stay? will I have to jump through any number of hoops? should I register as a Qualified Person? So many questions, very few answers. To say I’m emotional about this would be an understatement. I’m sad and I’ve cried more times than I’d like to admit.

So today, knowing my penchant for planning, and my need for strategy A, B, C, D and E, Husband and I sat down over breakfast and quietly talked through our options. If we have to leave, we want to do it on our terms. First world problems, right? We now have a rough idea what our fallback plans are, and I am relatively at peace with these (after a few more tears).

I’m still sad for the people of the kingdom who are in limbo, with no idea what’s coming next, and no idea what their long and short-term future looks like. The politicians in this nation owe their people some solid answers and some solid action and SOON.

 

 

13 thoughts on “A kingdom asunder

  1. SassaFrassTheFeisty says:

    I’m afraid to ask what this Britex is. I don’t watch the news because it’s a huge trigger. Just by what you described, it sounds like our political system here in the states. Ours is terribly broken, and no one wants to fix it without lining pockets and the few that do are criticized as not being American enough. Sigh. There’s always something, isn’t there? I hope you get your answers soon {Hugs}

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    • Petal and Mortar says:

      After a campaign of half truths and hype, 52% of the UK has asked to leave the European Union. The referendum is just that – a reference. It can only be made official by the government kicking it off. But what it has done is expose the gaps and the hidden racism. Quite sick making.

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    • Petal and Mortar says:

      We’re in London so relatively OK for now, and immune to the racism that seems to be escalating in smaller towns. I feel sick every time I hear of another incident. I don’t like this new incarnation of the UK.

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  2. Julie M says:

    Not that I want them to rush Article 50, but it would be nice if they could somehow give peace of mind to people (I know that’s not realistic in the immediate future) so that people could at least make a plan! I’m sorry you have to come up with plans A-E… that in limbo feeling just sucks 😦

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      • Julie M says:

        I still can’t believe that he and so many others have stepped down. Cowardice I think! They got what they wanted and now don’t want to do the work entailed to take the next steps!

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