So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you’ll be fully aware of the whole situation not only Britain is in, but the whole of the EU. See, this week Theresa May, the Prime Minister, signed Article 50 so, in short, that means Britain is now on it’s way to actually leaving the European Union.
If you’ve been following my blog for the past nine months, you’ll know exactly my thoughts on the whole thing, but rather than bore you with that again, I’ll just leave a link for it here. I was very vocal about my thoughts on why we should remain in the EU, and I still think that the vote to leave was a bad idea. But apparently most of the country (I say most… it was literally 50/50) thought it would be better to be independent.
As annoyed as I still am about the whole thing, I am somewhat relieved that something is happening. We’ve been sitting around asking what will happen next, and now this big thing has happened… but I’m still not 100% sure what is actually going to happen? Yes, we’ve finally made one step forward but can someone tell me all the details? And we’ve still got like two years until everything will be finalised anyway.
I’m a big fan of travelling, and one of the things I would potentially like to do after university is to teach English as a foreign language. Having done French at A-level and GCSE, France was a fairly obvious choice of place for me to go and do this, but now I’m starting to ask questions. I’m not 100% sure if I’m going to do a masters degree yet, and if I do, I don’t know if I will take time out in between graduating and doing my masters.
If I take time out, then that will mean I can go and teach in Europe before we actually leave the EU, meaning I won’t have to pay as much for travel, which will be great because I won’t have any money. If I don’t take time out, I will probably do a part-time masters which is over two years, and if by that point I still want to teach English in Europe, travelling there will probably be more expensive and there’s the chance that I may need a VISA which will lead onto a whole other list of complications.
I know I’m talking a lot about me here. But this whole thing is effecting so many people. I understand to some extent that people voted to leave because there will be more opportunities for British people to work in jobs etc. etc…. but what about those of us who don’t want to work here? Things have just been made a little bit more difficult.
I’m not as angry as I was nine months ago about the whole thing. I would have loved to have woken up that morning in June to find out that the result was the other way around but it’s not and we have to figure out what we’re going to do now. I guess signing Article 50 was what the Prime Minister thought best but I just don’t see how it is the best thing for us.
The EU has done so much and I still think there were so many people who didn’t understand what they were doing for us. And that’s where the problem lies- people still don’t understand the value of the EU. Can you tell I’m still passionate about this subject?
Sorry about the very kind of vague post, it’s literally just a compilation of my thoughts, and any excuse to rant about the whole thing again is a good excuse. Well… maybe not but I’m sure you get what I mean!