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Weeks after Brexit a cloud of uncertainty still lingers

Let's hope common sense prevails going forward after Brexit, says Jane Bates.
Jane Bates

Let's hope common sense prevails going forward after Brexit, says Jane Bates

Thank you, thank you, I gushed at the driver as I alighted from the bus.

It was the morning of the Brexit result, and showing my appreciation only seemed right. Our lovely Polish bus driver is a national treasure, up there with Joanna Lumley and the Queen. He is patient with young and old alike, and always waits when he sees me executing the odd flailing of arms and legs that is my version of running.

There ought to be a word especially coined for the discomfiture we all felt that day. Bremused, perhaps. Whichever way people voted, no one expected it to happen, and the ramifications were only just beginning to hit home.

Questions to answer

Would the NHS workforce be decimated? What would happen to our EU colleagues? Those were the

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Let's hope common sense prevails going forward after Brexit, says Jane Bates 

‘Thank you, thank you,’ I gushed at the driver as I alighted from the bus. 

It was the morning of the Brexit result, and showing my appreciation only seemed right. Our lovely Polish bus driver is a national treasure, up there with Joanna Lumley and the Queen. He is patient with young and old alike, and always waits when he sees me executing the odd flailing of arms and legs that is my version of running. 

There ought to be a word especially coined for the discomfiture we all felt that day. Bremused, perhaps. Whichever way people voted, no one expected it to happen, and the ramifications were only just beginning to hit home.  

Questions to answer

Would the NHS workforce be decimated? What would happen to our EU colleagues? Those were the questions no one could answer because the politicians were as stunned as the electorate, who were left open-mouthed and awkward. Brawkward, that is. Brinsecure. Whatever we call it, it was Brexcruciating.  

Many weeks on and there is still a lingering cloud of uncertainty. But dust settles, as always, and for the moment it is business as usual. There have been no assurances from the politicians that our EU friends will be able to stay, but it is increasingly hard to believe they will be sent home, and the Brawkwardness is becoming an uncomfortable memory.   

But in a way this baring of the soul was a positive thing. The buttoned-up Brits were genuinely upset, and our EU colleagues could see how much we valued them. 

Let’s hope that common sense and good-heartedness will prevail. 


About the author

Jane Bates

Jane Bates is an opthalmic nurse in Hampshire

 

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