Friday, 24 June 2016
I don't usually report on anything too political on my blog but it would be odd if on a momentous day like today I didn't say something. So..... what to say, except I am stunned. I did vote to remain in the EU. I voted in 1975 to join the then Common Market and I voted to remain in the EU. I know it's less than ideal and change needed to be made to the EU structure etc. But I felt we were stronger together than apart. In this age of globalisation becoming a very small country in a very big world doesn't seem to make much sense. I also feel that a simply In or Out vote didn't cover the many complexities of the issues. However the majority of the UK population voted to leave the EU. To be precise 52% voted to leave and 48% voted to remain.
In Orkney the vote was in favour of remaining part of the EU. Voting figures released today show that 7,189 voted to remain while 4,193 voted to leave, with a turnout of 68.45%.
Scotland as a whole voted to remain in the EU (62%), with just 38% voting to leave. Nicola Sturgeon (First Minister for Scottish Government) has said that a second Scottish Independence Referendum is "highly likely". Then Scotland would be able to apply for EU membership.
The UK Prime Minister has resigned as he supported remaining IN..... Though it was HIS idea to have a referendum because his own party were fracturing. He misjudged the mood of the voting public...badly.
So, we live in interesting times. It's oh so easy to put a cross next to REMAIN or LEAVE but it will take years to untangle the legal issues and the ramifications will be felt for generations to come.
Today I drink tea, eat cake, wander on the beach and endeavour to calm my troubled soul.