Elias Pelcastre

Quick thoughts on Brexit as a European wanting to live in the UK

Yesterday, Britain decided to exit the European Union. While I get that migration adds strain to services like the NHS, I don’t think “Brexit” will offer what Brits are demanding.

Let’s get the cat out of the bag right now: I’m Swedish, and it upsets me I will need a working visa to live in the country where I spent thousands of pounds to study. A place I truly admire and love.

Here’s why Brexit won’t work: Europe is Britain’s most important trading partner; Germany, France and the Netherlands are among the top import European partners to the UK, with 53 percent of the country exports delivered to the subcontinent.

Brexiteers Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have said they want to keep trading with Europe, and that comes at a cost. Take a look at Norway: the country is not a full European member and gets a restricted say in the subcontinent’s matters but has freedom of movement and makes an economic contribution to be a part of the free market.

If Britain wants to maintain free trade with Europe, it will have to stick to the block’s rules and let people in just like when it was a member. But now the UK won’t get a full say over what will undoubtedly affect the Kingdom. Brexit just resembles a tantrum to other British citizens and me.

As The Guardian points out, Brexit is already having an impact on traveling, pensions, real estate, and petrol costs. But longer-term consequences are still unknown.

The process of leaving the EU is not even under way, and will take two years after the prime minister in charge decides to pull Europe’s exit-trigger article 50. Brits may well be disappointed nothing changes in the medium and long term, as the UK opens the doors to Europeans to trade freely with the EU.

Regret is just a few years away Brexiters. Cheer and rejoice for now because it won’t last long.