16: 47 . I often joke that I am married to the European project; I consider it to be the source of so much joy for all of us Europeans. That is why since the vote on Brexit happened, I have been feeling heartbroken.
Blaise comes from the United Kingdom and is a policy advisor in Brussels.
– You know, I moved to this flat specifically because it was facing the Berlaymont*. In the summer I used to spend many evenings sitting on my own in this balcony; just pondering and being pensive, whilst overlooking the European project.
Now I look at this symbol of the EU and I feel there is so much we can do to improve it, yet I don’t know how because as a Brit I feel uncertain about my future here.
I remember the night that it happened, I was at this pub in North London, the Lexington, watching the results all night and my heart was pounding in between hope and despair. And then it happened.
What saddened me the most is that Brexit happened because of disinformation: when I was reading all of the criticism towards the EU in British media, I realised many people did not know what they were voting for when they backed the campaign for the UK to leave the European Union. This lack of exposure is something the EU needs to work on. So that events like Brexit never happen again. Now I guess we will have to deal with it.
We left the EU behind because we considered it as ‘flawed’ instead of trying to make it better.
You don’t abandon something that you love and that loves you back, simply because it is flawed. You do not break up because things get difficult.
*The Berlaymont (building in the background of the photo) is the headquarters of the European Commission, which is the executive body of the European Union (EU). It is based in Brussels, Belgium.
N.B. Brexit refers to future/potential/hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.