Tuesday, 28 June 2016

My thoughts on Brexit...from a non-EU migrant.

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So, I've been looking for words to express exactly how I feel about the UK leaving the EU, and to be honest, I can't seem to find them. Obvious words like sad, disappointed, shocked and angry, don't seem to do it justice. I wanted the UK to remain part of the EU; I felt that it was in the best interests of all countries concerned. The 'Leave' campaign didn't seem to have a plan, and I wasn't going to fall for the whole 'immigration' propaganda.

Actually, the only reason for me to vote 'Leave' would've been because of immigration. EU migrants 'have cost me jobs'. As a non-EU migrant, getting a job in the UK is incredibly difficult. I pretty much got a 'dream' job offer once, only to get turned down later as the company HR realized they had to offer the position to an EU citizen / migrant first. I was disappointed and hurt. But then, I came to the conclusion that that job was not for me. I don't believe that anyone can take something that God has destined for me to have. So, I stopped being bitter towards EU citizens or other migrants. I started believing that what was mine, was mine and no one could stand in the way of my blessing.

I currently work for a company that has a good proportion of EU migrants. They are some of the most hardworking people I have ever met, and I don't say that lightly. On Friday morning, I went into work and the atmosphere was just...different. People were smiling but you could see worry behind the smiles and the light-hearted jokes they tried to make about the referendum results. I asked one colleague how his wife was doing (they just had a baby) and he jokingly said she was packing (to go back home). I smiled and joked back that he wasn't going anywhere. But, I don't know that, and he knows I can't promise him that.

My bosses were fuming; the results are going to cost the company.

I don't know what's best for the UK. I can't say that I know what the right outcome is. I know that many others such as myself prayed that God's will be done in the EU referendum results.

So, for the second time that week I knelt down and said 'Lord, you know best.'

I hope this is the right outcome. I pray this is the right outcome. 

But, every news bulletin at the moment seems to suggest otherwise.

The disgusting racist outbursts spreading across the country seem to confirm that something is seriously wrong. 

I don't want a second referendum. We can't turn back time. And even if a second referendum was called and people voted to stay, I sense that something seriously unpleasant has been unleashed and it's going to be difficult to control or contain it.

But, in all of this, I have hope. I choose to trust in Him that holds the whole universe as well as my future in His hands. God works all things together for the good of them that love Him. So, 'even if the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, I will not fear' (Psalm 46).