Yesterday, millions of UK citizens voted for what they believed to be the best decision for the EU referendum. I wholehearted wanted to stay in the EU but woke up to discover the leave campaign won. I’m not going to be called a sore loser for stating how I feel about this dissappointment.
We’re not playing a playground game where someone has won and the other side have walked off in a huff. Passions have run high throughout the referendum because people truly care. I’m scared of the future and what might or might not happen if or when we now leave the EU and I don’t believe anyone can really predict the outcome.
We live in a democracy and the greater majority (of people who voted) won, but it doesn’t mean I have to be ok with it. It doesn’t mean I need to silence the negative views and feelings I have today. If we all got to exercise our right to opinion, surely it’s ok to feel saddened that the view that most aligns with my own did not win overall. If the result had gone the other way, perhaps the tables would be turned; but I voted for a reason and realistic fears which are completely valid.
One thing this referendum has successfully achieved is a divided population. Campaigns on both sides have been filled with hateful claims and devisive comments. The last thing we need right now is to further that divide and cause more bad feeling.
I hope you will accept that a lot of the people who voted remain are disappointed (an understatement) today and need some time to process and come to terms with what has happened, almost through a time of mourning. But I would appreciate it if leave campaigners didn’t gloat or make comments about sore losers whilst we get over this challenging turn of events. Let’s not continue to spread hatred but find a way back to acceptance.