Can I have a good Brexit?
Normally I come here to talk to you about how, if I ran the world, everything would be so much better.
In reality, if I was left in charge of the world then there’d probably be major issues in most areas.
The trains would work well (but close when they needed to, of course), there’d be a really good talk radio station and NIMBYism would be a criminal offence if only for the amusement of making people who objected to a prison being built near their home live in one.
Nonetheless, I’d still like to give it a bloody good go for a week or two.
But my normal confidence that I know exactly what to do, when to do it and why it’d make the world a much better place has gone missing on this one.
What exactly should I, as a 27 year old be doing to make a success of Brexit?
Although I don’t think our decision to leave the EU is the right one I’ve come to accept that in two years’ time I will no longer be an EU citizen, we’ll have ‘taken back control’ and, perhaps, lost Scotland on the way.
There’s very little I can do to change the course of our exit from the EU, but it’s started to occur to me that there must be something I can do to make Brexit a success for me.
Based on what’s happened so far it looks like things are about to get more expensive, jobs are probably going to be a bit less ‘certain’ than they have been, and we might find that the country has to have a few more years of austerity than we were expecting.
But what will that mean for me? Or for you, for that matter?
Right now my priorities in work and life are quite simple: climb the ladder. Get increasingly better jobs, learn and develop my skills to allow that, buy a house and get married.
It looks like Brexit could make it easier to buy a house, because uncertainty means prices might fall domestically, but it could also make it more difficult as a weak pound makes investing in UK property more attractive for foreigners. So it’s hard to tell.
There’s not much to go on as to how Brexit will affect my job. A big change to (currently EU) procurement regulations could have me kicked out of it completely, but then so could severe austerity. On the other hand, and if you believe some people, it could give me even more work to do. It’s hard to tell.
Learning and development could go much the same way too. Universities currently rely on lots of EU money, but as the Brexiters were keen to point out – that was just our money anyway. They could end up better off, or worse off – if we prioritise the NHS and farmers instead. It’s really hard to tell.
And it’s much the same for everyone, I think.
Since the referendum, the conversation hasn’t really moved on very far at all – and it’s easy to see why: we’ve not started negotiations, and the ‘wounds’ are still very raw.
But it can’t only be me, as we adjust to our new normal, finding my mind occupying itself with thoughts of what I should be doing to give myself a good Brexit.