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What a regular day post-Brexit might look like

Posted by Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz (Admin) Feb 26, 2018

Brexit has fast become the most analysed and debated topic in Britain. But there has been little discussion on the direct effects that it will have on the daily lives of people across Britain. In this blog, Hannah Fuchs (left) and Joyinola Layonu give insights into what a post-Brexitday might look like. They outline a fictional narrative where Brexit is looming and quickly affecting all aspect fo everyday life. It illustrates that Brexit may affect not only the financial sector or the UK relations with Brussels and the EU. It may affect every UK citizen in her and his daily life, from a price increase of groceries and wine over cars to a lack of resources in education and research.

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a national referendum. Since then, much of the discussion surrounding Brexit has been couched in the term which is best understood by academics and politicians. So in the most relatable language possible, how will Brexit affect the daily lives of people living in the UK?

Mrs. B stood right behind the yellow line as she waited for her train to approach. She was so used to the rush hour that she now knew where to strategically position herself in order to ensure that the doors would open right in front of her. But she just could not get the thought of UK security intelligence off her mind. She wondered how much cooperation the UK would have with the EU on intelligence sharing after Brexit. Would it continue? There was so much uncertainty.

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The train arrived and Mrs. B boarded it. When she got off at her stop, she breathed a sigh of relief that her workplace was just around the corner from the station. She sighed again because she could not get Brexit off her mind. She worked at J.P. Morgan, a bank known for hiring the largest number of UK citizens, 16,000 to be exact. She knew that following Brexit, her job would hang in the balance. She also thought about her husband, an employee at UBS, who was based in Frankfurt, Germany. He usually commuted between London and Frankfurt on weekends, but there was a high possibility that the free movement of persons would no longer be a privilege for British citizens after Brexit.

After work, Mrs. B had an appointment at the bank. She needed to discuss the possibility of a loan to fund her son’s study abroad year in Lyon, France. He needed this year abroad in order to remain a strong competitor for a job in international banking, but Brexit was looming and so was potentially the eradication of the Erasmus scheme for UK nationals.Following her appointment, Mrs. B remembered that she needed to buy some fruits and vegetables for dinner: tomatoes, grapes, oranges, olives, avocados, raspberries and blueberries, all imported from EU countries. She realised that they were already getting more expensive and that soon, after Brexit, they could cost even more. On her walk home, Mrs. B decided to get some French wine and German chocolate for her and her husband’s 15th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, French wine had become 32 per cent more expensive. Hence, a little celebration entailed a bitter taste, for alcohol had already been quite expensive before Brexit relative to other European countries. For their anniversary, they got a new Volkswagen. Germany is Britain's biggest import partner with 15 per cent of Britain’s imports coming from there, mainly in the form of vehicles. France is the third biggest exporter to the UK with seven percent and Belgium is the fourth biggest with five percent.

When she arrived at home, Mrs. B spent some time with her daughter, who was talking to her as her daughter searched for a position as a postdoctoral student in the UK. Brexit had begun to affect her and a budget no longer existed for hiring new staff to do research in the UK. Before the Brexit vote, the UK was the largest recipient of research funding in the EU. 1,000 projects at 78 UK universities and research centres depended on funds from the European Research Council. Mrs. B heard a twist in the lock at the front door; her husband was home. Mr. B walked in and handed his wife a beautiful bouquet of flowers before briefly muttering about the fact that British football clubs had some complications with their players as two-thirds of their players were not British citizens. Brexit was looming and quickly affecting everything.

As we can see, Brexit affects not only the financial sector or the UK relations with Brussels and the EU. It affects every UK citizen in her and his daily life, from a price increase of groceries and wine over cars to a lack of resources in education and research.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Generation Brexit blog, nor the LSE.

Hannah Fuchs & Joyinola Layonu are MSc Students in EU Politics at the LSE European Institute.

This post was edited on Feb 27, 2018 by Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz

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Comments (2)

Greg the Egg says... Mar 10, 2018

"She wondered how much cooperation the UK would have with the EU on intelligence sharing after Brexit". Hilarious. I was totally expecting a "gotcha - obviously this is not at all characteristic of an average person, here's how things might actually look" after the first paragraph. Forgetting about the 99.9% of the UK who aren't in international (but specifically EU-international) banking families is probably part of why the referendum went the way it did.

Kristina Griffin says... Mar 12, 2018
What’s your view on another referendum?
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