What if? The normal Brexiteer on the street tells their story, 7 years on!


It’s seven years since we left the EU and things didn’t pan out as we thought, well all of us that voted to leave certainly didn’t think we’d end up like this!

We are in a terrible state and poverty and illness litters the dirty streets. Our homes are ruined and derelict. We are not a beautiful and Great Britain anymore!

We are at breaking point, no one can remember that only a few years ago how things were so different. How good we had it!

After we left the Eu the costs to trade with the rest of Europe doubled and that was just with businesses that wanted to trade with us. Countries just didn’t want to work with us, years of built up anger towards the English and their controlling history were brought to the surface and without the governing rules of the eu no one was forced to trade with us.

It was a perfect opportunity for other nations to make money from us too, they could charge what they wanted now, knowing we had no choice. It killed us as a nation, something the rest of the world said we had coming.

The small businesses went first. Even the companies who didn’t import or export products suffered. The realisation that every company needed something from somewhere else hit home. We were much more dependant on the rest of the world that we though!

So much was imported, wether it was simple parts, packaging or ingredients, so much of what we used would have been imported.

Then as costs rose,  businesses rose their prices to the customer. Of course as things progressed the normal man and woman on the street just didn’t have the money to survive and they certainly could’t pay so much more for the luxury items they once enjoyed.

Farming suffered,  as a lack of European workers left them short staffed and unable to produce as much as they once did.

That first year so many crops and produce rotted in the ground as thousands of European workers returned to their countries. It was a harsh turn of events as the British public were so desperate for the food they grew!

The second year farmers cut their agricultural quota more than in half to enable them to cope with lack of staff.

Many said because of the high cost of exporting food, their trade had dwindled and they simply didn’t need to grow so much anyway. But of course the people in the UK were desperate for their food.. but they just couldn’t get to it!

Year three saw farmers simply not growing , they couldn’t cover their living costs and the cost of growing the products, the public didn’t welcome the price increases that were there to cover the losses and with the huge rise in tax that year , farmers weren’t the only ones to cut their losses.

Those that do produce fresh produce now use all sorts of chemicals and take GM measures to ensure maximum growth at minimum cost. To think we were so keen to eat organic and naturally only a few years ago! We remember how even non organic growers had to abide by eu rules around the use of chemicals and and general farming standards! Not anymore, the U.K. Can’t afford such luxury of regulations!

Larger businesses started to suffer in year three as the tax rises hit them hard. The government explained that this was due to the dramatic fall of trading small business along with the sharp reduction in people actually paying tax ( so many became unemployed and tens of thousands of foreign workers and families returned home) The increase in people claiming benefits and using the nhs , the country had lost a huge amount of incoming tax!.

Taxes were crippling and companies started to lay off people more and more.. Business had dropped anyway with the lack of overseas trade and materials , but with the added high taxes the inevitable happened.

By year 4 only four huge multi national companies really existed. As they were funded internationally they had money to stay afloat and they pretty much controlled the market place and thus us as a nation.

Many say these company leaders are more powerful than the government, we all know that many ‘deals’ are made and corruption is rife!

The Food that is available in the shops tends to be preserved and long lasting rather than fresh and healthy. As a nation we get the cheapest and lowest quality and it is still more than triple the price it would have been four years ago.

These internationally owned companies have us over a barrel. Most are owned by huge American companies and they pile items high and sell them all at a premium.

With no EU LAW protecting our rights, minimum wage is no longer in place. The government were forced into scrapping minimum wage and encouraged more zero hour contracts. But these zero hour contracts are not like they used to be.

The multinationals wanted cheap workers and without them it wasn’t worth them trading in the UK. (So they say) . Controlled by these budgets, factories and manufacturers actually returned to days gone by where men would turn out every morning a queue hoping they would get a few hours work… The bosses may pick one or two but it’s luck of the draw if you get work that day..

It’s impossible to ever make plans or feel comfortable because no one has the luxury of full time work.

Women became tied to the home and children, with the factories and employers had the luxury of picking and choosing who they wanted to work. So investing in a woman was not good business, maternity pay was scrapped and no one could afford child care! The very notion is quite laughable!

There was no laws on discrimination , we all learned pretty quickly that equality is only available to the privileged.

With hordes of badly treated working men, the stress of poverty and general misery, tensions in the home were always palpable.

Then as those tensions rose which every blow, alcoholism, drug use and domestic violence was at an all time high.

Funnily enough the one thing that boomed was the drug and alcohol trade! Don’t misunderstand, there were no pubs or nightclubs anymore and the quality or alcohol and drugs weren’t exactly great.. needs must… moonshine and dodgy chemicals where the chosen escape for many.

It comes as no surprise that depression and emotional health suffered greatly. The poorest among us were in continuous battles against illness and infection too.

The NHS couldn’t cope! Hundreds and hundreds of expert Drs and nurses from all over the world left their posts in the uk and returned home, or decided to work abroad where their skills were better rewarded. The Americans had put the prices for all the pharmaceuticals we bought from them too. What once would have cost us pence now cost us hundred of pounds. The nhs counts afford to dispense drugs at the price so the public had to pay for the meds’ they needed or simply go without. They said the nhs still existed but really it was just a free advice clinic, no one ever received treatment unless they had money to pay for it.

This left hospitals over-run with the sick, queuing not only in coridors but in car park and streets.. People were often waiting days to be seen.

Infant deaths were at an all time high with malnourishment and lack of maternity care stated as the cause.

There’s no googling symptoms, no one has wifi, you are lucky if you have electric! There are local people who have some knowledge of first aid and natural cures, but even they charge huge amounts to see someone. Things really have changed! But on a macabre positive there were less people making up our population. People dying from once treatable illnesses and families choosing not to bring children into the mess we had made, we were a county with a rapidly decreasing population.

The country’s budget was severely stretched and at the end of year five,  cuts had been made in all areas.

Roads were falling apart and motorways unlit and full of pot holes. Lack of funding for the police along with higher instances of  domestic and community crime meant road and trafic police were barely in existence.. Driving wasn’t safe or practical anymore. This had a huge effect of trade too.. Again costs rose to cover it! A vicious circle indeed!

Not many had cars anyway, fuel costs were more than five times than they used to be. With the Middle East flexing their muscles and making it known they wouldn’t do deals with the U.K. We found oil prices were ridiculous and owning a car was the last thing people were worried about.

Theft and street crime was massive. The desperation and poverty after the total collapse of free health care and benefit system in year 6 simply lead people in to resorting to theft and aggression.

Those few in employment who had maintained good property and a decent living condition, found themselves in constant terror. Break-ins, killings and simple theft was common place and many of those previously in jobs found themselves with nothing. Everything had been stolen from them with great force and the middle classes found themselves in the breadline with everyone else.

Increases in violent killings were huge and rising,  if you weren’t  killing to survive you were killing to protect yourself.

Policing was next to nil and what there was was more aggressive with military style aggression. Calling 999 was a thing of the past .

Now in year seven, we tend to survive day to day on what we are able to produce and grow ourselves. Water isn’t as clean as it was so we catch as much as we can to drink and water the garden. But much of our water is often taken during the night along with the food we grow and anything we manage to make. We have razor wire around our home and garden now and we have had to resort to violence more than once to protect our things and our children.

It’s not safe to send the kids to school, the schools are overcrowded and in a bad state anyway , with their own problems of discipline or lack of it. I think kids that do go only go to escape the misery of the home.

The government started off (seven years ago) by introducing an eight hour school day and they pushed the kids like mad to get the highest qualifications. It was all about showing the world how good we were! But that’s gone now.. It was always going to be impossible to maintain, especially as we struggle as we do.

We, as a family, tried to leave the uk and find work abroad in France or further afield. Unfortunately many the countries capped all UK migration in year one, leaving us with little or nowhere to go.

Many have tried to make their own way across into Europe on little boats or hiding under cars and trucks. Many have died, many arrested and sent back. Those that were left were herded into camps and treated like animals.

Locals abroad would abuse them and blame them for every crime going, sanitation in the camps was terrible,  many travelled on foot to try find a clean and friendly place to settle. But no one country wants them.

They are abused, tired and hungry. Not to mention without a home. They just keep going , walking, wandering… entire families looking for somewhere to work and live their lives. People who only eight years ago, had houses, food, cars, computers and well paid jobs and openly spoke about their hatred of refugees coming to the uk! The irony!!!

Others look at us like we are beggars now.. It’s the hardest thing in the world. We have lost our dignity.

Many turn to anger , others simply put their heads down and keep trudging along. They are forced in to telling lies, giving false names and even stealing to feed their children. But none of this helps the reputation of the British refugees .

No one knows what is worse, staying and been in total fear all the time, living in slums and without any chance of an escape.. Or trying to escape, risk our lives and liberty… to hopefully find a new life somewhere?

I don’t know, I think we will try and get across to France. I fear for my children here and I fear for my husband. The local gang of thieves are constantly calling trying to get him to help them. We have to pay them in food and water to keep us ‘safe’ our supplies are nearly out.. We have nothing left !

Great Britain is not so great anymore. Shame we didn’t see what we had when we had it!
EXTREME? Maybe.. Maybe not.. Let’s hope so!