Where are all the Brexiteers?
Here I am, rolling along the motorways of France on our way to the Alps, on this day of all days.
We stayed overnight in the beautiful town of Troyes.
As per… Mr B and I got chatting to the couple on the table next to us at the restaurant we ate at.
They were on their way home from their skiing holiday.
Although we were cautious as always when mentioning the B word – there is a kind of unwritten dance of terminology that we all play to work out which “side” we are on – as a result we had a brief conversation with much eyebrow raising and shoulder shrugging about how sad it all is.
In all but a few of these encounters over the past 3 years or so, we have rarely met anyone who voted leave. (Apart from our local country friends who like hunting)
This couple remarked that 65% of people in their hometown of Wakefield, Yorkshire, voted to come out of the EU, but they hadn’t met any of them !!
Seems extraordinary doesn’t it?
The hashtag NotMyBrexit has been trending on #twitter
Is it because people who voted us out are not being honest? Doubt it somehow.
Is it the company we keep – we all know we are the result of the 5 people we spend our time with.
A class thing? I can’t know if the votes came more from the public school or poverty stricken demographic.
The Media seems to be able to search out those souls who are happy to leave – on French news this morning the broadcast showed a brexiteer dribbling Prosecco in celebration.
Today I have the exact same sense of loss mirrored by the entire student body of Durham University the day after the referendum, which is where I watched the whole thing play out.
So far the locals have been courteous as always. We are happy to tell then we didn’t vote leave. But it seems they assume we didn’t by the fact we are here!
The only good thing is the relief that at last 52% of the population will be happy – for a while at least, and stop banging on about democracy and how WE as a nation voted to exit the EU.
I wish I could be confident that all will be well.
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