I personally voted to remain in Europe, because, to my (I admit limited) knowledge I thought it would be best for everyone, for all of the UK citizens and for the citizens of all the other EU countries as well. I naively assumed that the majority of others in this country would feel the same. What I hadn't realized until only last Monday was the personal impact that a leave vote would have on me and my family.
My lovely daughter-in-law is Japanese, she and my son have been together
for 10 years, married for 7 and they have two gorgeous daughters. My
daughter-in-law is the main breadwinner as her job with a Japanese
Investment bank provides a deal more income than my tree-surgeon son
could hope to earn.
The work that she does is quite complicated, but
I hope she won't mind me telling you that basically she sells European
shares to Japanese investors. In order to do this, the company that she
works for (and incidentally any other UK or international company that
does the same thing) needs to be situated inside the EU, which means
that at some not too distant point in the future the company and all its
employees will need to be relocated to an EU country. If I remember
rightly, the options available to them are Dublin, Paris or Frankfurt.
So, instead of them being an hour's drive away, they will be heaven
knows how far away. And, worst of all, my daughter-in-law, being a
foreign national, had no say in the process, despite having lived in
this country for many years, being married to an English man, having two
half-English children, and having a mortgage on a house in England.
To say that I am sad is an understatement, but I guess that now I'll at
least have the opportunity to travel to wherever they end up, as long
as my pension holds out!
This is not a complaint or a whinge, just an individual viewpoint of how suddenly several lives can be impacted so severely. These two brothers, who have always been close, will now be separated, as will the four cousins who all get on so well together.