I am in disbelief at the results of the EU referendum, with the UK voting to leave the EU. I was firmly on the Remain side, seeing this as the sensible decision. From a scientific point of view, I know that science benefits from collaborations in research and I am nervous to see the effect that this decision may have on scientific research.
Looking at social media this morning, it seems that the vast majority of students and graduates all shared the same view; to remain in the EU. Yet we weren’t the majority vote and I worry that scaremongering and a lack of education about topics such as immigration may have caused this. 64% of 18-24 year olds voted to Remain (a statistic given by YouGov), with this age category obviously having to live for the longest time with the impact of today’s referendum result. Leicester was one of the few places that voted to stay in the EU.
Staying in the EU was described as the safer option and of course we have no idea what will happen in the future. Perhaps we will look back in years to come and agree that leaving the EU has been good for the UK, but for now I can’t see that it will end perfectly for someone in my position. Maybe this result will teach me that taking risks can pay off; only time will tell. For the people that didn’t vote, you are the real fools here.